The Lonely Duck House




Hello Farmgirl Friends!


Back in March my husband had this great idea that he would order some Mallard ducks for our grand-girls.  You can watch the little video below on the day we brought them home from the post office!

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  1. Susan Dutka says:

    We had the exact same duck experience when we got ducklings for our kids 30 years ago! Later, we found that if we let them get to “teenager” stage, but not yet flying, they were more prone to stay at the pond when we took them down. That first bunch remained yard birds for years, though they would visit the pond by day.
    Lovely memories!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Susan,

      We actually were wondering if that is what we did wrong. IF we ever get ducklings again that is what we’ll do!!! Thank you for sharing your duck experience!

      – Dori –

  2. Renee Pontious says:

    Oh Dori!!!! With so much sadness this morning, this little story is just what I needed!!! So heart warming!!! Thanks!! ❤️

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dear Renee,

      I always try to focus on the happy things in my life and these duckies are definitely one of those things! Love you big, Renee.


      – Dori –

  3. Marlene Capelle says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the very funny story.

  4. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday Dori!

  5. Krista says:

    I think it’s adorable that your little duckies preferred their kiddie pool over the pond! It’s so funny how animals find things they like and stick with them just like us. Your floating duck house turned out so cute and hopefully your next set of ducks will decide to occupy it! In the mean time I bet the other animals enjoy it. Happy Birthday Dori! Enjoy your time with your family!

    • Dori Troutman says:


      Animals ARE so human-like in so many ways! I love that about them!

      Thank you for the birthday wishes!

      – Dori –

  6. Irene says:

    Happy Birthday Dori!!

  7. Nanette Boots says:

    Oh, Dori. That was a fun read. I always wanted to raise ducks, geese, etc. for my children to experience a bit of farm life. Sadly, we sold our rural home before I got around to doing it.

    Will the ducks stay the winter or fly south? Thanks for the post.

    • Dori Troutman says:


      We’ve been wanting to raise ducklings for years too and I’m so thankful my husband took the plunge! 🙂 And now that they love their life on my hilltop, I love having them around to talk to so much!

      We think the ducks will stay here for the winter. We are going to build them a little house (right now they just enjoy total free rein of the farm!) and at least they will have a warm spot to get to if they need it.

      – Dori –

  8. Bonnie B says:

    Happy Birthday, Dori!
    Loved your duck story and the picture of your parents sitting on your porch enjoying your beautiful view. Enjoy their visit!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      Yes.. I love seeing my parents enjoying our porch. Sadly they leave this week. 🙁

      Thank you for the birthday greetings!

      – Dori –

  9. Pamela Coughlin says:

    This is such a happy and fun duck story! Thank you for sharing it! Pam

  10. Sandy says:

    So cute! Happy birthday, have a wonderful day. Our twin daughters 38th birthday is tomorrow! I didn’t think any of us would survive those baby years, but we did!

  11. We have three Pekin ducks- they march around the house each morning like it’s Jericho until someone comes out- hopefully with kitchen scraps to share. I love our country life!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Gretchen,

      I have a friend that has the Pekin ducks and she tells me the same duck stories that we experience! They are all so beautiful aren’t they?

      Yes… I love our country life too. It is the best.

      – Dori –

  12. maureen bruner says:

    oh Dori, what a lovely post. Happy Birthday and enjoy your loved ones and critters! Cheers!

  13. Joan says:

    Such a great story!! I love all the experiences y’all give your grand-girls and us too. Happy belated Birthday and so happy your parents came for a visit. God bless.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dear Joan,

      We are just so lucky to have our grand-girls close enough to be able to enjoy life experiences with them. I can’t imagine life without them.

      Thank you for the birthday greetings!

      – Dori –

  14. Marilyn says:

    Those ducks are adorable. They sure are independent. Wishing you a day of happiness and a year of blessings. Your granddaughters are beautiful.

    • Dori Troutman says:


      Yes… those ducks are precious and of course my darling grand-girls are beyond precious! 🙂

      Thank you for the birthday greetings!

      – Dori –

  15. Ann says:

    Cute story! Very enjoyable.

  16. Dena says:

    Dori, what a great, fun story – thank you for sharing 🙂 !!!

    A Farmgirl at heart,

  17. Sandi King says:

    Dori, I agree with all the previous comments – a wonderful and fun story and a Happy Birthday with your parents visiting and sitting on the porch. I am so envious and so happy for all of you. Your porches are amazing and so welcoming.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dear Sandi,

      Thank you so much. I love having my parents here. I only wish we could talk them into moving to Tennessee. Our farm preferably!

      – Dori –

  18. Susan a says:

    Love the duck house.,,very clever . you may not see ducks go in it but the crane at least has a landing place ,,,nice. Ducks like soft place to nestle …. .like grass…put some turf on the toof…and inside the tiny house….its the only way they will go near it. I dont know if painting it green would help..but anything unnatural is not going to attract them..lts not normal for them to seek shelter from the rain. .,ducks love water, not dry wood,

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