Julie Delisle with some of the 190 ducklings that she is looking after. They were found by the side of the road in Abbotsford.

Langley farm hosts lost ducklings

No one has come forward to claim the missing ducks.

Julie Delisle has 190 fluffy golden mysteries in the barns of her South Langley hobby farm.

Delisle is fostering ducklings that were rescued from the side of the road in Abbotsford earlier this month.

The 194 ducklings were discovered Nov. 11 by the side of the road, near the Abbotsford Tradex and the airport.

“They were huddling up near a fence,” Delisle said.

They were with the remains of a couple of boxes, and appeared to have been in the process of being shipped, likely to a local farm.

At some point, they may have literally fallen off the back of a truck.

The Abbotsford SPCA took in the ducklings, but didn’t have the facilities to look after so many of them. They placed an emergency call to Delisle, who had offered before to foster any seized farm animals.

“Can you take in about 100 ducks?” That was what the original phone call asked, Delisle said.

But she got almost twice that many.

Despite the fact that they appear to have fallen off a vehicle, and spent an unknown amount of time on the side of the road, the ducklings are doing fairly well.

Four did not survive, and three more are getting special care, but the bulk of them are in good health.

In fact, they’ve already doubled in size since Delisle took them in.

“They grow so fast,” she said.

There are few clues as to who owned the ducks, or why they never came looking for them.

The birds appear to be Muscovy ducks, which is not the most common species on local farms.

They may have been flown in to Abbotsford just after being hatched, Delisle said. They were so newly hatched that some still had their egg-teeth on their bills.

They aren’t individually valuable, but at around $5 each, they amount to nearly $1,000 worth of lost property, Delisle said.

Right now, the SPCA and Delisle are hoping that some farmers will step up and take in the ducklings.

“It’s going to be a lot of people to re-home this many ducks,” she said.

Most small hobby farmers just don’t have the space or facilities to deal with 190 ducklings, said Delisle.

Just Posted

Langley Thunder stop Shamrocks

The local lacrosse season is close to wrapping up.

Throwback Thursday: July 19, 2018

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Our View: Location matters when it comes to candidates

Those running for civic office should live in the community they want to represent.

Looking Back: July 19, 2018

The community’s history, as seen through the files of the Langley Advance.

Have you seen this missing Langley man?

Peter Webb hasn’t been seen by his family in more than 10 days.

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Abbotsford’s Besse sisters: Vaulting to greatness at Summer Games

Local siblings heading to Cowichan to compete in equestrian

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

UPDATED: ICBC fights back against claims that it’s ‘ripping off’ B.C. RV drivers

Canadian Taxpayers Federation is urging the provincial government to open up ICBC to competition

Most Read