Some duckling closeups today.
I plan to reassemble the duckling run and let them out into it in the next day or two. It’s going to be hot later in the week, so that’ll be good timing.
Everyone arrayed watching me:
Look at my cute little wings!
Waiting for their treats:
The Blue Swedish sitting in the corner:
When visiting after lunch to open the vent, I found a Rouen in her favorite spot:
Peeking from the cupboard into the nesting box:
I flew my drone over the homestead yesterday. Interesting to compare to when I did so in June and back in April and March.
Let’s begin with an angled aerial shot of the apple trees in the field, the flowerbeds, pond, back lawn, and veggie garden:
The reverse angle, with the shop, hoop house, veggie garden, back lawn, pond, and flowerbeds:
Closer to the pond, with the ducks visible; they weren’t sure what to make of the strange noisy bird hovering and flying nearby:
Another angle of the pond and ducks:
GIF of flying upwards from the pond:
One more from lower down; I think this is the first time I’ve hovered over the pond:
The flowerbeds and white gazebo:
Beehives, greenhouse, veggie garden, chicken coops, hoop house, back of shop:
Hops taking over the top of the berry cage:
The berry cage and weather wind speed and direction sensors:
Mount Hood is looking a lot less snowy at this time of year:
Zoomed in on Mount Hood:
Sunday duckling day… who am I kidding, every day is duckling day.
Or night; here are sleeping ducklings:
Two Rouens on the EcoGlow; they really like that spot. I was amused by one having a leg stretched out behind her:
Ducklings waiting for treats:
Yay treat time:
It’s nice to see their waterproofing efforts paying off, with water droplets on their backs (though the duckling fluff isn’t as waterproof as their eventual feathers):
It’s duckling time!
Two Rouens on the EcoGlow:
Ducklings with leafy treats:
Standing back a bit, you can see ducklings in the duck house, and ducks diving in the pond:
Bonus shot of duck butts:
Welcome to Caturday! Cuteness! Paladin! Raccoons! Levitating cat! A random GIF! And more!
Pommie in her favorite place:
Pommie and Bella at the cat feeder:
Paladin watches Bella on the driveway:
Bella is curious, and approached:
Paladin and Bella curiously watching each other:
A closer look at Bella:
Pommie was comfy in her cabin, then raccoons approached; she hissed at them:
The raccoons circled around behind, and Pommie wisely retreated; you can see raccoon eyes between the cabins:
There was a mother and at least one kit:
Pommie was happy to go back later, though:
On a hot day, Pepper on her non-heated bed on top of shelves in the shop (there’s a heating pad on the nearby blue bed for cold days):
Spud thought he heard something in the breezeway:
Spud in his cabin:
Bella walking through the breezeway while Spud is sleeping in late:
Levitating cat! A frame of mid-run through the breezeway:
Sparkletime — a GIF of the dappled sun through the trees by the cat house, which makes it very hard to spot cat activity when reviewing recordings around midday, as the camera is pretty much constantly registering motion (it does look nice, though):
We had Flock Friday this morning; now it’s time to check on the newest additions, the ducklings.
It’s hard to find a non-blurry picture from the morning, so let’s lean into the motion with a GIF:
Here are a couple decent shots:
Spotted on the cam around lunchtime:
Less movement after lunch, when I went out to open the vent:
Welcome to another Flock Friday!
Let’s begin with an animated GIF of ducks and fish at night:
Ducks on the pond bank from different angles:
Some ducks headed up the ramp to the duck house, even though the pop door is closed:
You can just make them out from the other cam too:
Ducks on the pond:
Chickens waiting for treats:
Chickens with treats:
Finally, the ducks on the opposite side of the duck house from normal:
Your daily dispatch of ducklings. No changes today, so on with the pics. Enjoy!
More leafy treats and wading in the pool for the ducklings today.
Hand feeding a leafy treat:
More treats in the water:
The ducklings move so quickly, a lot of my pictures are blurry (which is why I often take many; I took 28 today). I found this one amusing, though; a pair of fuzzy butts:
In the pool:
The ducklings are two weeks old today. They’ve grown a lot already, but still have several more weeks of growth ahead of them before they can join the ducks in the pond.
As mentioned yesterday, I introduced them to the paint tray pool a couple of days early, and left it in the duck house full-time, a change from previous ducklings, but I think safe enough.
They took advantage of that with some night wading:
In the morning, I refreshed the water, then offered to hand-feed some lettuce. They were hesitant at first:
But soon approached, and took turns grabbing it out of my hand:
I then tossed in some more, and they enjoyed eating them from the tray:
Everyone in the pool (did you see the video?). They won’t be able to do this for long, as they continue to grow, but in two or three weeks time I’ll introduce them to the more spacious kiddie pool:
An animated GIF of cute little flapping wings:
Flapping tiny wings:
Eating from the EcoGlow:
Fresh water for afternoon pool time: