Shortcuts by Jeff Harris


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  1. exturk

    exturk said, about 3 years ago

    I was raised on a farm, and through the 60s we had chickens, geese and ducks ie Mallards. I always heard them referred to as drakes (males) and hens (female). Mallards were the predominate type that flew down the Mississippi River migration route, but they could also be barnyard fowl.

  2. exturk

    exturk said, about 3 years ago

    Both geese and ducks had the soft feathers called down.
    It was very useful for stuffing pillows.
    Also, was an economic indicator:
    When the price of goose/duck feathers went up -
    We’d comment that now even DOWN is UP!!

  3. exturk

    exturk said, about 3 years ago

    At mid-century, the sky would be cluttered with ducks heading south for the winter – but geese were rare.
    Now, just the opposite – in spite of efforts by Ducks Unlimited and others, ducks are scarce, but the geese have multiplied to be a nuisance.

  4. exturk

    exturk said, about 3 years ago

    Sometimes, a chicken would be used to sit on duck eggs.
    There was no problem, the hen would accept the ducklings as her own – until time to take them for a walk——-
    When they came to a water puddle, the mother hen would skirt around it – but the ducklings would dive right in and paddle around – leaving the hen very confused!!

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