More ducklings day 26

17 photos of ducklings today (I usually aim for 8-10), plus a GIF with those and 25 more taken today.

I started the day by mucking out the duck house, since the straw was getting rather thick and smelly (I normally just add a layer of fresh straw each day):

Mucking out duck house

They were very brave and curious:

Mucking out duck house

A tub of dirty straw, that I lugged to the compost:

Mucking out duck house

I put the base of the waterer back and added some water (the power cord is to slightly warm the water in winter, to prevent it freezing; not needed at present):


Swim time:

Swim time

Rooting in the fresh straw:

Rooting in the fresh straw

Too close to focus!

Too close!

Resting Rouen:

Resting Rouen

Little brown duckling:

Little brown duckling

Blue Swedish duckling:

Blue Swedish duckling

Proto-feathers; you can see little feathers on the top and below her wing, and little pins starting at the tip of the wing:


You’re standing on my toes:

You're standing on my foot



With them splashing around in the mud, I get rather muddy feet and ankles when sitting in the run with them; I hose myself off when departing (I have my showers in the afternoons, so don’t sit in there after that):

Muddy toes

Treats; they prefer lettuce over kale:


Pool time, splashing everywhere:

Pool time

Pool time

An animated GIF of all 40 photos taken today (excluding the two cam shots):


Beehive treatments and feeders

Today we added mite treatments and top feeders to all of our beehives, preparing them for fall and winter.

I didn’t take many pictures today, since we were doing the same thing to all of them. Here’s a top feeder (the white box); it contains a trough where sugar syrup can be added (1:1 sugar and water currently, with a health additive); the bees can access it from inside the hive via a mesh in the middle:

Adding feeder to beehive

Behind the scenes:

Behind hives

All hives with the top feeders, ready for fall and winter:

All hives

All hives

Cedar, Hot Pink, and Orange hives:

Cedar, Hot Pink, and Orange hives

Purple, Turquoise, and Yellow hives:

Purple, Turquoise, Yellow hives