Lucky is one lucky duck. This year a class at Winchelsea Elementary in Parksville did a science experiment in which they hatched and raised some ducks.
The ducks all did fine except for Lucky, who looked like he wasn't going to make it.
So Educational Assistant Joy Morris took him home to look after him as best she could until the end.
Little Lucky, however, seemed to thrive next to his hot-water bottle in his little box.
Thrive and grow. Soon Joy had a teenaged duck wandering around her home, much to the delight of her grandson Mark and her Welsh Corgi Sadie.
Sadie became very protective of Lucky, leading him around the house and showing him how to use the doggy doors.
Cute but Joy knew she would soon have to find a ducky home for Lucky.
As luck would have it, a sign went up on the Alberni Highway in Coombs announcing the opening of the Hamilton Hobby Farm. Chris and Shelly Hamilton and their daughter Sawyer were happy to add Lucky to their duck collection.
On Tuesday, Joy and Mark brought Lucky in his little carrier to the 12-acre farm across the highway from Butterfly World. They left Sadie the Corgi at home because she would've been too protective.
Everyone, including grandma Barb Hamilton, gathered in the duck pen where a dozen ducks were enjoying their rain-expanded pond. Joy handed a wriggling Lucky to Mark, who put him down on the grass. Lucky dodged this way and that, another duck following at a distance.
"They'll soon all be one happy family," Chris assured. "Ducks are very social. He'll get in the pond with the others as soon as we get out of the way."
Mark ran off to play on the swings with Sawyer and Chris and Shelly gave a brief tour of their farm, set to open to the public Saturday, June 29.
The Hamiltons had a hobby farm in the Victoria area but wanted a larger property, which they found in Coombs.
Chris has spent the past five years building pens for horses, mini-donkeys, goats, potbelly pigs, rabbits, chicks, turkeys, ducklings and more.
They're also offering a petting farm, a kids play area, pony rides, hay rides, a gift shop with wares from local artisans, a coffee bar and eggs and meat birds for sale (not Lucky and friends). They'll also host year-round birthday parties and class tours.
The farm is wheelchair-accessible. The farm, at 2679 Alberni Highway, is open June 29 to Sept. 15, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 with kids under two free.
For more: 250-927-1655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[BRIAN WILFORD PHOTO] / From left: Sawyer Hamilton, Barb Hamilton, Mark Morris, Lucky Duck, Barb Morris, Shelly Hamilton and Chris Hamilton prepare to release Lucky into the duck enclosure at the Hamilton Hobby Farm.;
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