Question:

I trust all of you, more than I trust the ‘idjits’ that currently infest my life more directly, like fleas on the proverbial camel, so I’d like to pose a quandary I have…. yes- I am seeking your advice!

JADE

here’s the thing- being only human (questionable, for some, I know, but getting back to my inquiry!), we all make mistakes when raising our children, domestic pets, husbands and ‘boyfs’ (term stolen from my Friend, Ali!), and gods only know that I’ve made twice that many rearing my young ‘Animal-Companions-In-Training’…

FERN

* (insert here- ad for my “Jumpstart Poultry Farm Consultation Services”©2012 Violet Skye, tagline:  “I’ve made all of the mistakes- so you don’t have to!”) *

but having so many of my good-intentions backfire in my face of recent days past, I’m at the doorpost of yet another potential “oh-shit! moment” in teaching my ducks appropriate & expected behavior.

ARIEL

in regard to going to the duck pond –supervised/ unsupervised & with/ without permission- they are now looking to me –literally!– for the answer.  All 5 ducks, upon being released from their TreeHouse bedroom for each new day, have now begun to stand on the deck after a few moments stretching and flapping, with all 5 pair of eyes boring holes into my flesh, waiting for what they are ‘allowed’ to do next.  Even Ariel –the Free & the Brave– stands waiting on her ‘Launchpad’, engine idling….

Do I:

  • teach them that they are NOT to go down to the pond WITHOUT my GOING WITH THEM –each and every time, EVER?

-or-

  • teach them that I don’t care about their fate with the Wildlings and that they are at their ‘O.R.’ as far as their daily survival is concerned, and the grisly Truth –for all of us– is that “only the Strong Will Survive”??

RUBY (4)

the thing is this…. they will go down there everyday –with or without me– Regardless.  It has already begun… but right now they are waiting for me to direct them on what will become their future protocol- for the remainder of all of our shared lives here at the TreeHouse.

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Please…. help, Mates!

Don’t wanna screw up this critical crossroads where I stand, and

–only for this one moment–

am in control!

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3 comments on “Question:
  1. alienorajt says:

    Ooh, difficult one, Violet – the dependence versus independence dilemma which we all face sooner or later. Gradual ‘weaning’? Go with them the whole way for a few days, then just a bit of the way – and so forth. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. xxx

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  2. DG says:

    Your call, and you comfort level. Mine are in tractors if I am not with them after a lovely bald eagle decided my Winston should be lunch a few years ago. Purely selfish on my part. And I feel guilty. But there you go. I would much prefer to allow them to forage free all day, swim in the pond, be ducks. But dogs, coyotes, raptors, and heartbreak will no longer allow me to do so. They do occassionally make a made dash for the pond, and take an illicit swim. Usually with me hurriedly tagging after them hollaring, “But I don’t have time for this, I have to go to work.” Which is of no consequence, they really don’t care.

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  3. Guided freedom worth the risk, I think.

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