our little flock is growing up, and we are all very excited about it. we love having such a mix of chickens. it really makes it fun naming them when you can actually tell them all apart... and the really fun part is all of their eggs look just a little different. we got four new chicks just the other day that lay dark brown eggs and they are also each a different breed. they will bring the size of our flock up to ten which is really about perfect. we were thinking ten to twelve (we go through a lot of eggs). i'm slightly embarrassed to admit that i put in a order for ducklings..... did i really say no ducklings this year? well, i didn't mean it.... obviously. at the end of this month we get four wild flying mallards and i am so excited! we have had flying mallards in the past and what we thought were mallards that couldn't fly.... but come to find out those ones were actually called reuens (not sure i spelled that right) and they look just like mallards only they are huge and can't fly. you can't even tell the ducklings apart. now, we absolutely loved our flying mallards and are so excited to have more. maiko has also been begging me for one little yellow duck (a pekin). they grow up to be big and white... just like the duck in this book. i must admit i can picture a big beautiful white duck wandering around out here... hmmm.... we will see. i must warn you i'm pretty weak when it comes to saying no to farm animals. i even asked matt what he thought about a big white duck living here.... he just looked at me, shook his head, and laughed. do you think that's a yes??