Thursday, October 31, 2013

Duck Preps

For some reason a story about Ducks just seems very Halloween-ish to me.
I think it would be fair to say that something like 70% of your apocalypse-in-progress stories involve some sort of chaotic stockpiling at your local grocery store/big box store.
So, if you had a apocalyptic story, like Watership Down-
Evoking epic themes, the [Watership Down] is the Aeneid of the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.  
 ..but with ducks.  Where would they go?  The grain and feed store? 
Apparently to they head to the their local CVS Drugstore.

50 Ducks Walked Into A CVS… There’s No Punchline, Just 50 Ducks In A CVS
Laura Northrup, Consumerist, 28 October 2013 (hat tip: NC)
Do ducks prepare for the winter by gathering supplies from nearby retail outlets? No, they don’t, so it’s not really clear why about fifty ducks reportedly wandered into a CVS drugstore in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and wouldn’t leave until an employee coaxed them out with popcorn.

This is the link to the video here:

They appear to be hanging out around the candy section.  So possibly ducks may not be the best folks to be getting your survival advice from.  On the other hand, sugar lasts a long time, and you won't nee to take out a second mortgage to kit yourself out.


JaneofVirginia said...

We have ducks and chickens in addition to other livestock. We keep ahead on food for them so that in an emergency we have some time to seek other. We could, in an emergency, cut their normal rations in half and free range them allowing them to forage. We do this sometimes anyway. They would need to return to cages at night before the "fox hours".
In an evacuation from this area situation, we would cage them with food and take them out of here on a truck. It would be a mess, but it would be possible. I think a lot about our animal evacuation plans. We have had good animal "sheltering in place" plans for years.

russell1200 said...

Jane: A good straight answer to a silly post.

So why all the ducks at the drug store?

Animals prior to a collapse are an efficient way to store grains, etc.; just as crops are a method of storing water. Post collapse, you would have to watch both pretty closely.