A bit over three weeks ago I did a post titled “Duckling names”, where I included one picture of the ducklings, and listed their breeds and names. I thought it was time to do an update of that, now that they’re mostly feathered and grown. (Check out how much smaller they were back then!)
Here’s a picture from this afternoon that includes all seven of the new ducklings.
In the front we have the two Khaki Campbells. Cora is on the left, and Clyde on the right. They’re hard to tell apart, though Cora is tidier since she swims a lot (I’ve noticed that female ducklings are much more into swimming than male).
Behind them is our female Buff, Betty.
Behind her is the female Blue Swedish, Sonja. She is distingushed by the small patch of white on her chest.
Behind her are the two Rouens, Raoul and Rémy. They are both male, and I haven’t studied them closely enough to tell them apart.
Lastly, we have the male Blue Swedish, Sven. He has a larger white patch.
Today I tried to take pictures of each of the ducks so I could state their names. Plus I gave them some mealworm treats.
Firstly, leafy treat time for the ladies, Sonja, Betty, and Cora:
Raoul and Rémy reaching from the ground, and Betty at the top of the steps:
Sonja loves to swim:
Sonja has opinions, too:
Sven in the back, and of course Betty again:
Cora and Sonja swimming for treats:
Clyde and Sven:
Raoul or Rémy; I can’t tell the two Rouen boys apart yet:
Cora and Sonja again:
Raoul or Rémy making a splash:
Sven, Cora, Clyde:
Raoul or Rémy looking at me:
Raoul or Rémy, Sonja:
Sonja showing her feathers:
This afternoon, I gave them some mealworms; the ladies really enjoyed those:
The other day I noticed that the soaker hose for one of the beds in the veggie garden had burst, as they are wont to do:
So on Saturday I replaced that hose with better irrigation, like I did earlier for a couple of other beds:
There is now one bed remaining with a soaker hose in the main part of the veggie garden, plus the ones in the berry cage. I’ll replace those over time when their soaker hoses fail. We’re slowly phasing out the soaker hoses; irrigation tubing and emitters work much better, as they are more reliable, and the irrigation can be more focused and adjustable as needed.