An exciting day: today I picked up the new ducklings from the local post office.
As I always do, I strapped the box of ducklings in the car seat for the ride home:
Here are the ducklings huddled together in the box:
The list of ducklings we purchased:
And care and identification info on the back:
I carefully lifted each duckling out of the box, and dipped their bill in the water, to show them how to drink:
They all figured it out quickly, and were unsurprisingly thirsty, having never had water to drink before (they survive on hatching stores and some gel in the box during transit):
They’re too small to need bricks under the waterer yet (that’ll change!), so I moved it directly to the floor:
I added a feeder, and sprinkled some food on some bricks so they could see it. Here’s the first one to eat:
The others caught on:
Then figured out that the feeder had lots more available:
They tilt their heads back when drinking:
Checking on them a couple of hours later. About 90° F (32° C) under the heat lamp; they are on the edge of that, so seem comfortable:
A couple of hours later after that, more eating and drinking:
Brace yourself for daily duckling pictures for the next few weeks. They grow quickly!
(Plus, of course, the usual Flock Friday post of Bert and the chickens; I’ll keep posts about them separate, at least for now.)