The moral of this story is: Do not take home cute baby animals without knowing that you can keep them! Not only is this poor duckling peeping in loneliness, but it may end up being eaten if it can't be integrated into one of our flocks.
I never saw a purple bean,
I never thought to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'd rather eat than be one!
Esmerelda's large brown egg! (Middle right) Not only have her feathers recovered from Wren's attentions, but apparently her stress level has resolved itself to the point that she has started laying again after months of egg-lessness. She's back! And it's official--EVERYONE likes Wren better in the freezer than in the flesh!