The Personality Series: Emily Doodle
Emily has always stood out from the rest of The Quack Squad. She was the runt, so tiny and fragile in appearance. At first I was concerned about her well being as she would hang out on the fringes of the group, always lying down after brief periods of standing (which indicated that she had weak legs), and failing to thrive. When the other ducklings crowded together to dabble in chopped greens in their water dish, Emily would stand, as if confused or concentrating on the very act of standing, and then give up and go to a far corner of the enclosure so she could rest. I began holding her and coaxing her to eat while she was alone, without the competition of the others. Sometimes Emily would be resting in one of the corners and another duckling would approach and act as if there was something extremely interesting right on the other side of Emily. It seemed they would do this just so they could step on her and make her move. I watched this happen again and again--they acted like little kids who harass their siblings just for the pleasure of it.
As Emily grew I noticed an assertive side to her. She would often sneak up behind Augie and pull his tail feathers in her bill. By the time he turned around, she was gone. I watched her do this a lot. At the time the drakes were much older and potentially dangerous to The Quack Squad, but Emily seemed to get a thrill out of doing this.
Emily has also been the easiest pullet to talk to. She will be lying down in the yard or going about her Doot-Doot business and I can easily get her attention by saying, "Emily! Emily!" and bobbing my head. Emily has always stopped what she'd doing and looked right at me. She then bobs her head as I repeat her name to her, "Emily! Little Emily!"