Here is a new use for an 11 year old Beanie Baby pig, surrogate mother to ducklings. Ducks need a flock and a mother more than chickens do. Our ducks are one big flock and they stay together. So our incubator ducklings need a surrogate, hence pig. Pig is washable soft and warm and the ducklings love it. They peep to pig and snuggle under the pig legs when scared. We will keep the duckings in the house until they get too big for the cage. Once they feather out we will put them outside to join our flock.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.