DUCK OR CHICKEN...AND DOES IT MATTER? by b. Malin

Daniel Duck Chicken
Daniel Duck Chicken
Profile Picture of Gertrude
Profile Picture of Gertrude

LOVE IS BLIND...

Today was shopping Day for Lover Man and I. Neither of us is crazy about the chore, but we have to eat, so we try to make it an Adventure out. We chose a place called "Carnival" which carries EVERYTHING from Fruit to Nuts to "Delicacies". The last time we shopped there, we were told to park around the side and go in the back way, and avoid having to troop through the entire store. The back is where they keep the Delicious Rotisserie Chickens at a $4.99 a chicken, I may never cook a Chicken again! Only kidding, Susan, better known as "Just Ask Susan" a Wonderful Hubber, with the greatest Chicken recipes! If you haven't been to her Hub Page, well it's a must...Recipes to die for!

Ok, so what's this Hub going to be about you ask? It's going to be about, "Daniel Duck Chicken", whom we met after we parked the car and were walking to the side entrance. He was standing under a tree just watching us. "What on Earth is that"? I said to Lover Man. "I don't know" came his reply and then the three of us just stood looking at one another.

"What's the matter? Haven't you two ever seen a "Muscovy Duck" before he said. Well that's what I am, and my name is "Daniel". "Actually I said, and I don't mean to be Impolite...but you look like a cross between a Duck and a Chicken, Daniel". "Oh, like I haven't heard that one before" he replied sighing deeply. "You're really quite Interesting looking" Lover Man said. Another deep sigh came from Daniel. "Hey, he said addressing Lover Man, would you rate me as Handsome...I can look pretty good with my red crown slicked back". "You're asking me? You should be asking my wife". "Women lie", came Daniels reply, giving me the once over.

"Daniel, do you live here in this parking lot"? I asked. "Yes, I do...It's really not so bad, I'll walk you around back and you will see down that embankment there is a small canal that I swim in". The three of us walk silently and look. We are surprised there are a few trees and shade and, the Canal. "This really is pretty nice" I say. "Do you think another "Muscovy" could be happy here" he asks excitedly. "Yes, yes I do" trying to sound sincere. "Daniel, do you have a Lady friend"? "I do, he replies excitedly, her name is "Gertrude" and having said that, he whips out her picture. "Oh she's Lovely...isn't she Lovely" I say to Lover Man, who agrees, with a nod of approval.

"How did you "Muscovy's" meet?" I ask. "Through a family friend, came Daniel's reply. What you thought I didn't have a family, no one cared about me?" "Hey Daniel don't get your Feathers ruffled" Lover Man said quietly. "Sorry came Daniels reply, I guess I'm just nervous that Gertrude won't find me attractive, after all she's so Beautiful...he said his voice trailing off. "Oh Daniel, she will, I think you're quite Handsome", I said. "Really"? he said, looking up at me. I don't just look like a cross between a Duck and a Chicken"?. "I'm not going to lie to you Daniel, you do...But we are People, and that's how we see you...but Gertrude is just like you, except she's Pretty, and she will think you are Handsome", I said smiling down at him.

"Hey thanks People, I've got to fly now, I'm meeting her flight". "Good luck Daniel", we both said in unison, as we departed. "Hey, are we still going to buy that delicious chicken"? I said to Lover Man as we entered the store. "You bet" came his reply, "I'm starving, talking to Daniel made me realize how Hungry I am for chicken"!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You have a unique and at times warped sense of humor which of course I love because it matches mine. Great hub and now I'm hungry as well.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I must say, " You all meet the cutest animals and they talk." what a treat.. You were so kind to boost Daniel's ego. You will know if he and Gertrude connected when you go shopping again. Fun read..Loved it..Cheers


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Love your sense of humourand imagination, this was a fun, cute read.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your hubs deliver smiles on a regular basis. This is no exception. It is kinda surprising how many talking animals live in Florida.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

We have a generous neighbor who gives us ducks eggs, so I guess Daniel met Gertrude's flight successfully.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the Compliments Billybuc. When we saw this creature, I knew he was a Hub in the making for me. I came home and "Googled" a cross between a chicken and a duck and the answer was a "Muscovy"! Hey still hungry? Have some chicken or duck.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, I know, I'm such an Animal person. Yes, "Daniel" was flying high when we left him. I think he and Gertrude will be happy...only time will tell! I'm so glad you found my Hub a Fun read. Cheers, right back to you!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks Rosemay, but this animal, this "Muscovy" really does exist, what a treat he was to see. I was so surprised to find that name on "Google" and the pictures. I was so sorry that we did not have a Camera with us...who knew?


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You know Mckbirdbks, they see me coming, and they just want to talk! Yes, Florida has a BIG population, who knew? So GLad I left you Smiling!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Perspycaclous, do Duck eggs taste like Chicken eggs? "Daniel" took flight early, so I'm sure they connected.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

b. Malin: Yes, larger yolks from larger eggs with thicker shells which require a wisecrack every morning! Right down your alley!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This hub is wonderfully entertaining and funny. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Isn't it wonderful to be able to talk to the animals? Up, awesome and funny!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Your hubs are a fun break from a stressful day. Never had a duck egg, but enjoy roasted duck. Voting this Up and Funny. Thanks for SHARING.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this hub and funny from the beginning until the end. Thanks for share with us. Rated up (funny, awesome and interesting). Cheers...

Prasetio


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Perspycaclous, Thanks for answering...Mmmm, maybe, just maybe.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I Love imagining what an Animal might say to me, if he could talk our Language...I'm so glad I was able to Entertain Pamela. Thank You so much for your Comments and of course your Votes!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alocsin, we all need a few good Laughs to break up Any Day...So glad I could send some your way. I've never had a Duck Egg that I can remember having...But I too have had Roasted Duck. Thanks once again for your Votes my Friend.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Prasetio, I've missed your visits, so glad to see you. Thanks so much for Loving my Hub and of course you Comments, and your Votes. Cheers right back to you my Friend!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Interesting: My dictionary describes a Muscovya as a "Large crested wild duck of Central America and South America; widely domesticated" and another name for it is a "musk duck".

The Afrikaans word for it is 'makou' ('ma' as in 'ma'rble and 'kou' as in 'co'incidence - the accent on 'kou'). They are popular poultry down here. We had a couple of them on our small farm - one of them bit me on my bum when I was three, and I remember that...

But he never spoke to me...

You are so lucky to have the talking type up there... (lol!)

Voted up and cute :))


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Now I have to say that if I had met this chicken duck and had the pleasure of talking to him, I would never eat a chicken again!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks Martie for all that Wonderful Info on the "Muscovy". We had Never seen one before yesterday, and were so surprised at its appearance...Because it looked like such a combination, of a Duck, and a Chicken. I too was afraid that he'd bite, but after our conversation, we saw what a nice "Muscovy" he was! I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Humor...And Thank You for your Vote.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

I don't know Breakfastpops...He certainly gave Lover Man an appetite ...Oh we are so SICK! Ha, Ha!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

I love talking animals! Especially ducks, chickens and crossbreeds! They are so intelligent!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Sometimes Talking Animals are more Intelligent than some of our 2 Legged ones...Hi Dexter, I'm thinking of doing one on the Republican and Democratic Donkey & Elephant, I may Interview them. I'm sure they'd have a lot to say!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I love your talking animals! lol! I must admit it does look like a duck, I think! lol! I expect you got more sense out of it than some people! haha! I shall have to try it!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

We have lots of Muscovy ducks in my neighborhood, b, they hang out in the parks near the condos. And they are very prolific. One day there are a few and a week later, dozens. Haven't met any who talk yet but maybe if I mention your name I'll find an eloquent one. Thanks for scribing your interesting interview with Daniel. Don't be surprised if the next time you see him, he is being followed by several duck/chicklets.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

b. malin - Sometimes you absolutely amaze me.

Great Hub.

The Frog


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

Simply adorable. I love these talks you have with animals. Daniel does look like two different bird breeds mated.

as for recipes, I have never been interested in duck-my cat likes both birds, but prefers chicken.


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

I can always count on a good laugh or at least a crooked smile when I visit your hubs and this was no exception! Just adorable! Voted up and awesome.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Are you sure your name isn't Barbara B. Doolittle?


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great unique and wonderful story.

I loved it and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Take care and have a great day.

Eddy.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

It is a good thing that you can speak Duck. I can only speak dog and a little cat. I hope to see more adventures of Daniel and Gertrude coming.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

How I love reading your hubs, they are so entertaining and fun, thank you and voted up!

best wishes Lesley


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

You always brighten my soul b Malin. No lie, had one of those chickens today from Walmart. Good stuff. What a story! Your creative and brilliant girl. Best wishes to you and Lover Man. Always a pleasure.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

A funny and cute story about your friend Daniel. He sounds a little on the defensive side. I wonder how many people are not as kind to him as you were. I saw some at the zoo in Nashville, TN last time I went. They have quite a large petting zoo there.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Can you come here and talk to my chickens..I have not figured out yet what the heck they want! Oh and tell them to quit laying eggs in the bushes..Thanks b! Cute hub for sure!


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

B.fun hub, quite witty, I need to smoke some ganja and I might be able to talk to me critters, seems they get me bu me getting them....not so much,

Thanks

Blessings

Dust


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell, If it sounds like a Duck, and walks like a Duck...It's a Chicken Duck! So glad you Enjoy the read. I LOVE talking to Animals...give it a Try!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

True Drbj, Mention my name, they could be Relatives of Daniels...you just NEVER know. Maybe they will make us GODPARENTS! Thanks for all your Interesting Comments.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thank You Froggy for the Compliment. It was so Amazing to see this Creature, as I had never come across one until this day. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the Hub!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Flora, I prefer Chicken myself as does Lover Man, in fact he doesn't care for Duck...Anyway, I'm so glad you Enjoyed!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Chatkath, A Laugh or a Smile is what I Strive for when I write a Hub such as this one. Thanks for Enjoying, and Thank You as well for your Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi A.A. Is there room for one more little "Doolittle"? I'd be willing to Share...Ha, Ha!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Eddy, Thank You so much for the Compliments. We are all so versatile in our Hub writings...That's what makes being here on Hub Pages so much Fun, and especially the Friendships that we form.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peg, I didn't know I could speak Duck either...It just happened...what Fun we have when we let our imagination run wild!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lesley, I'm so glad you had some Fun, and that I could Entertain you with my Imagination...Of course having met that wonderful Muscovy helped to Inspire me. Thank You so much for your Vote.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric, I'm Blushing...Seriously, Thank You so much for Enjoying. We are such a Bunch of "Creative" writers here on Hub Pages, and have formed such Wonderful Friendships, I feel very Blessed.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky, well maybe he is...But he is quite a sight to see, and having NEVER seen one before, I was almost speechless...Of course NOT for long. I'm so glad you Enjoyed.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Sunnie, Maybe someday I'll get to Texas, until then tell them b. Malin (or b. Malin Dolittle) as A.A. referred to me...Tell them that I said HELLO...see what their reaction is...Thanks for Ejoying!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You may get each other more than you realize Dusty, share some "ganja" with them. Ha, Ha...Seriously, I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Wit!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

good lord - does one laugh...or cry? I don't know what you're smoking, but - do share, girlfriend! Ha-ha-larious - if a bit on the twisted side! Unique, interesting, fun and voting up to the sky!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Such an entertaining story. I love the way you bring animal characters to life with such witty conversation.

I saw a duck that looked like this when we were in Florida and didn't know what it was so I found the picture and description of Daniel's family interesting.

Voted up, funny, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for this entertaining introduction to the muscovy duck, b. Malin. Daniel is a very interesting character! I hope that he and Gertrude are very happy together.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn. Laugh, Girlfriend, Laugh! This animal really does Exist, and so does my Imagination...so in the End, you did Enjoyed... Ok, so I'm a little Eccentric in Talking to the Animals, but hey, someone's gotta do it!

Thanks for having Fun and of course your up to the Sky Vote!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail, yes I came home and looked "IT" up on Google, and was so Happy to find those pictures then I knew I'd be able to bring "Daniel" a voice for my Hub.

I'm so glad you found it Funny, and all those other Compliments, as well as your UP vote!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, aren't "Muscovy Ducks" Terrific...I couldn't believe my Eyes when I first saw him. Yes, he is an Interesting Character, as well as Special...I'll give him your Wishes next time we shop there!


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Very cute and clever as always! : ) Voted up, of course!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

If I could find rotisserie Chickens at 4.99, I'd be buying them too. Thank you for the mention.

Have never seen a Muscovy duck before and have to say Daniel sure is an interesting looking fellow. I love that he can talk to people.

I always enjoy your stories and this one was fun.

Up, interesting and awesome.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Girltalk, Thank You, your Comments always make me feel Good!...as does your Vote!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Susan, There are a few Food stores here in Florida that carry these Delicious Rotisserie Chickens at that $4.99 price...So lots of times, it becomes such a convenience to run in and Buy one.

Thanks for Enjoying.. and your Welcome for the Mention, for I always Enjoy your Hub page, and all your Mouthwatering Recipes.

My turn to say "Thank You for your Comments, and of course your Votes!j


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 4 years ago

Am catching up a bit now, on Hubs past~

This is delightful B. Malin, & I'm w/u* chicken does sound good, hold the duck.

lol , Cher


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi once again Cheryl, so glad you Enjoyed my Humor in this Hub on "Daniel". You are a Good Friend to take "time out" with all that you have going on at the moment with your Mom, my thoughts, as well as prayers are with you.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Muscovy Duck? I have never seen one and I have raised both! Does not look pretty enough to be a duck. Fried it would probably look like either. JK LOL Great article!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Angela, I had never seen one either, until we shopped at this place...What a Shock it was to see! I'm so glad you Enjoyed! I'm off to check out your Hubs as well!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

This certainly was different, I liked it!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Pollyannaiana, and "Different" those Ducks were...and so I thought, I've got to do a Hub on them. I'm so glad you LIKED it!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I wonder what Muscovy tastes like? I enjoy both chicken and duck, so I'm sure I'd enjoy Muscovy although I must say, I never eat an animal I've met and liked. And Daniel sounds like a likeable guy. Voted up and funny! Thanks for starting my day with a laugh.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vespawoolf, Daniel was a Sweet Guy, and I hope he is now a Happy Muscovy, wife and all...Thanks so much for the Votes. I'm so glad I started you off with a Laugh...Laughter is so Great...It' the Best Medicine there is!

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