A few months ago my wife asked a friend to bring us two runner ducks and a drake. Due to a slight problem with differences in local dialects we ended up with muscovies instead! We tried to slip a few runner duck eggs under one of the ducks when she was brooding, but we lost that whole clutch to a flood. Attempt number two was thwarted by repeat visits from one or more of our many water monitor lizards. She’s just started brooding her third clutch so next week we will make our third attempt at Operation Cuckoo.