Respite Open Thread: Duck Baths

By popular request (and vague threats about losing my FP status), duck videos. Bath time is the best time here.

Oh, and because you had to wait so long, bonus video of the monsters “helping” me with landscaping.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a beak.

Respite open thread.






48 replies
  1. 1
    plato says:

    ‘vague threats about losing my FP status’.

    Fuck cole.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Video is adorable. But does add an element missing from the also adorable still pics -Quacking!!

    Ducks do make a bit of noise, don’t they?

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    trollhattan says:

    True moments of zen.

  4. 4
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Love Pearl’s one little white feather that wafts around as she flaps her wings in the bath.

  5. 5
    Aleta says:

    Best Duck
    2019 Awards

  6. 6

    @MazeDancer: Not just quacking. When they are wandering around they make this adorable guttural sound all the time. Just happy, content sounds.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: She still has feathers coming in, so when she sits in the grass, she leaves this little white ring of molted feathers around her.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Every video, every broadcast needs to start a duck quack.

    Thanks for sharing Tamara, and we look forward to this weekend’s cooking storm. (Or at least I do.)

  9. 9
    patrick II says:

    So I stoppece by a Pizza Hut for lunch. sorry Pizza officienedos. The lady behind the counter seemed unhappy so I asked her what was The matter. She hadat herself and, gota MRI and only then found she had no insurance. She has been at Pizza Hut some years and thought her insurance rolled over. they told her no, she had to re-enroll each year, So now she’s out $2,000. She earns $12 an hour.
    I don’t know the legality of that. but legal or not, that islow.

  10. 10
    Plato says:

    Just today, I installed duckduckgo browser for my android phone because it touted ‘total privacy’.

    Coincidence? I think not.

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    rikyrah says:

    Awe…this is so sweet :)

    Love this :) :)

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @mrmoshpotato:

    Every video, every broadcast needs to start a duck quack.

    The ring tone on my iPhone is the duck quack. Has been for years.

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    NotMax says:

    Mother ducker.

    :)

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    kindness says:

    Mmmmm. Tasty grubs & worms. How can they resist?

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    LuciaMia says:

    They ARE helping you. Gobbling harmful grubs, like Japanese Beetles. Always hated squishing those when I unearthed them. (shudder).
    Just hope theyre not going after the earthworms.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @plato:

    Fuck cole.

    Hey, keep it clean at least.

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    NotMax says:

    @SiubhanDuinne

    Quite some years ago, a friend posed me a challenge, to provide him a ringtone of the sound made by a Tasmanian devil (not of the cartoon ilk).

    Mission accomplished (and bottle of decent hooch collected as reward), he was a happy camper until he discovered it drove his significant other’s nine cats completely bonkers and sent them scurrying off in all directions. Even though it is not a sound they would readily encounter in nature it triggered something deep and primordial in their little skulls.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @patrick II:

    So I stoppece by a Pizza Hut for lunch. sorry Pizza officienedos

    As long as it wasn’t Papa Johns you can still seek forgiveness.

  19. 19
    Aleta says:

    Watched the puppy Bixby 2014 videos,
    and then the gorgeous Bixby Snow Jan 2016.
    Wuff- wuff.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @patrick II:

    sorry Pizza officienedos

    Let’s all just hope Steve in the ATL stays away from this thread.

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    LuciaMia says:

    @NotMax: Nine?

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    Butch says:

    We have five pekins…..they’re in the fenced chicken yard with the rest of the chickies as long as the garden is growing because we discovered they really, really like tender young pepper plants They do have a pool there, however.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @NotMax:

    it drove his significant other’s nine cats completely bonkers

    @MattF:

    I can see why.

  25. 25
    NotMax says:

    @LuciaMia

    Yeah, she (the significant other, not the friend) was a strange bird. Ended up institutionalized after they had split up.

  26. 26
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Leon Redbone has died.

  27. 27
    MattF says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Um, wait. Nine cats? Thatsa lotta catsa.

  28. 28
    NotMax says:

    @SiubhanDuinne

    He also swore all nine cats would assume the prone position and form a worship semi-circle around the Carl Cthulhu I gave him as a gag gift if he set it on the floor and activated its flashing red eyes.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Duckies! We have a pair of wild ducks (Muscovy) who visit occasionally. I save veggie scraps for them. Sometimes they deign to eat it, sometimes not.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: NO! Aw, man.

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    blackcatsrule says:

    @MattF: I was so thanks for saving me the google search!

  32. 32
    Mnemosyne says:

    Penelope: Hey, can I swim with you guys?
    Maddie & Mabel: No.

    Penelope: How about now?
    Maddie & Mabel: No.

    Penelope: How about now?
    Maddie & Mabel: No.

    Penelope: How about now?
    Maddie & Mabel: No.

  33. 33

    @patrick II: Lots of cities and hospitals have programs to help low-income people pay such bills. My local hospital saved my ass by letting me off the hook when I was uninsured. You might mention it to her if you see her again.

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    RoonieRoo says:

    Those are the videos I needed to brighten my day.

  35. 35
    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, you could probably figure out Penelope’s sex on your own, but it would require putting on a latex glove and sticking your finger up her butt (cloaca, technically) so I can see why you would be reluctant to do so. 😘

  36. 36
    Mnemosyne says:

    @patrick II:

    Ugh. Part of our health insurance problem is that people don’t understand how things like open enrollment periods work because they’ve never had health insurance before.

    If you live in a reasonably blue state, or in Arizona, she may be able to enroll in Medicaid and get it paid that way.

  37. 37
    TenguPhule says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Let’s all just hope Steve in the ATL stays away from this thread.

    He has no room to complain given some of the places and things he’s eaten.

  38. 38
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @opiejeanne:

    Yup. Age 69 (though his obituary says 127, LOL).

  39. 39
    LuciaMia says:

    sticking your finger up her butt (cloaca, technically) so I can see why you would be reluctant to do so. 😘

    I think that would be Penelopes attitude as well.

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    Doug R says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yeah that one duck was a little Mallardjusted about the new duck coming in the pool. That’s ok, she got a new clean pool anyway.

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    sukabi says:

    Unearthing delicious bugs and worms just for them, very nice of you TaMara.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I have that for texts. I get strange looks, but so what

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    karen marie says:

    It looks like you’re turning a planting bed. I recommend a pitch fork. It’s great for getting down into compacted soil deeper than you can do with a shovel. Plus it will come in handy when the revolution comes.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @NotMax: According to Bugs Bunny, Tasmanian Devils do eat cats, so they were probably right to be frightened

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    orchid moon says:

    Fantastic videos. They are a bit noisy with the happy quacking. Thanks, Tamara

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    J R in WV says:

    Think the Tasmanian Devil was a mere youth… not loud enough, not scary enough, though plenty evil sounding.

    The Ducks are great. Looks like Pearl will be the largest duck, hope neither of the older ducks bucks on account of size, also hope Pearl is willing to live and let live with the other sisters.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @MattF: Yeah, that’s kind of hair-raising…

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