We often find feathers in our garden and that's no surprise because we have ducks. For the past two weeks my children and I have been finding feathers that have been cut. Our four grown ducks (we have 19 ducklings!) had their feathers cut when we got them. This prevents the ducks from flying away. We wondered why we were finding so many of the trimmed feathers. A few days ago, one of the drakes flew away. I feel a little sad because he was so gorgeous and feisty but mostly I am delighted. He has shaken off the old feathers, let go of what was holding him back and started acting like his true self. He has grown himself some new feathers and when he felt ready, he took back his freedom, flew off and left everything behind him. I can really relate to this experience at the moment.
I have been thinking about what to do with the ducklings. If I sell them I will have to cut their feathers to stop them from flying away. Selling them will provide a nice chunk of money to put towards the cost of our homeschool supplies this year. I don't think I can bring myself to cut their feathers. It sounds a little romantic maybe, however, I don't think I can cut the feathers of creatures that were meant to fly. Wings are truly marvelous things, I wish I had a pair! So, as the ducklings begin to grow bigger and get more feathers, I will keep a keen eye on them in the hope that I get to see them spread their wings and fly away.
Many blessings, Carole