The ducklings are seven weeks old today, which means they could be eligible to go in the pond any time now. But I think I’ll give them another few days; they aren’t all fully feathered yet.
Let’s start a little differently this time: with a GIF time-lapse of overnight in the duck house. It is only showing times with activity, so if you notice big jumps in the clock, that’s when they’re sleeping. It’s fun to watch the water level drop in the waterer and tray — ducks drink a lot of water — I fill both when I close up the house, and they’re almost empty in the morning:
You probably saw the post earlier today with their names. Here’s me peeking through a nesting box at the formerly mystery duckling, Silver Swedish Sassa (aka Gimpy):
All of the ducklings… really ducks now:
Colorful Rouen… Rosa, Roxy, Riva, or Ruby… yep, one of them:
I tried giving them bits of tomato as a treat… they weren’t too sure about that. It’s not green!
That’s more like it… though my fingers aren’t included in the meal:
Silver Swedish Sassa somewhat swimming — I tossed her in the pool again, for more reluctant swimming practice:
She’s much more clean than she was before; amazing what a short dunk or two will do. Though still got more preening and bathing to fully clean up:
Khaki Campbell Clara, still a bit of feather growth to do:
Raising out of the water:
Once again, let’s finish with a GIF summary of all 38 pictures taken today:
Thanks for the feedback from several people. Seems that one second per picture is a good pace, and including all of the pictures provides interesting context. I’m glad you enjoy these, those that do — and if you don’t, easy to skip them at the end.