Chicks & ducklings two days in a row?!

I know I posted a bunch of pictures of the chicks and ducklings yesterday, but I can’t help myself; I just have to post more cute pictures.

Yesterday and today the temperature is in the 90°s F (32° C), so I had the vent wide open, and the heat lamp off. I also gave them more swimming time to cool off:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Rapid exit:

Ducklings

Once the sun set, I turned the heat lamp back on, and mostly closed the vent, since it’d cool off a bit more than they’re used to overnight. Here’s a shot from the pond cam of the pond and duck house in the dark:

Pond and duck house in the dark

This morning, I took some more pictures while spending time with the chicks and ducklings. Here’s how I found the chicks when I arrived; they’ve really taken to the roosting bars:

Roosting chicks

A bunch more photos of the chicks:

Chick

Chicks

Chicks

Chick

Chick

A chick in the hand:

A chick in the hand

Heading over to the duck house, I gave them some more swimming time:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

A treat in the water is the best kind of treat:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Watching the ducklings from the chair next to the duck house… dripping sweat in the heat, slightly tempted to cool off in the pond (not at all hygienic):

Duck house

I know I said the ducklings should only have short supervised swims for the next couple of weeks, but I decided to leave the tray in the duck house this afternoon, since it’s so hot, so they can cool off as needed. I am still supervising, just from the air-conditioned comfort of my home office, via the duck house cam. It’s a risk, that I hope I don’t regret, but the water is room-temperature, shallow, easy for them to get in and out, and they haven’t shown an inclination to stay in for too long at a time:

Duck house cam

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