01 November . 2016
Family of Rancho Ducks relocated to new home near Austin
Usually, Rancho Sienna does everything we can to make sure residents never want to leave. But in the case of a family of six Mallard ducklings who recently took up residence in the community, it was decided they would be happier in a new home with more room to spread out.
The story began when a resident discovered the three brothers and three sisters hiding in the shrubs at a home on Arrezo Lane. The resident contacted the HOA, and it was quickly determined that the ducklings had been abandoned by their parents.
HOA Manager Greg White and Joe Echazarreta, who provides a variety of porter services for Rancho Sienna, decided that the pond in Sienna Trail Park would be a perfect home for the ducklings. Soon after being relocated to the pond, however, the ducklings moved themselves to the pool area at Sienna House, possibly in search of their mother.
Deciding that the high volume of automobile and pedestrian traffic around Sienna House would not be the best situation for the ducklings, nor for residents and visitors, Joe volunteered to take the ducklings home to his farm in Elgin, located just east of Austin.
Joe reports that the ducklings are healthy and happy living with their new farm friends, who include 10 chickens, two goats and a pot-bellied pig.
“They have grown beautifully,” said Joe, owner of JE Services. “They have grown their flight wing feathers, but they have not flown south yet to follow their migration instinct.”
Joe said that whether the Rancho Ducklings migrate or not, they will always be welcome to have a seasonal or year ‘round home at his farm.
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