Ducklings day 29

Some closeups of the ducklings today, and rearranging things a bit.

As mentioned yesterday, I left the paint tray pool in the house overnight for the first time:

Tray

Though they don’t seem to like that position, as few used it there.

Good morning ducklings:

Ducklings

Treat time:

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Some close-ups:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Bert came over to check on the ducklings:

Duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

On afternoon rounds, I quickly swapped the position of the waterer and pool:

Rearranging

Rearranging

Rearranging

Rearranged

They definitely seem to prefer this location:

Duckling in pool

Duckling in pool

Tomorrow I’ll muck out the house again so I can position things better — the ramp is sitting on top of the straw at present, so is a bit unstable.

Ducklings day 28

The ducklings are about four weeks old now, so I’m going to start leaving the paint tray pool in the duck house full-time from today on.

Each day when I go to the duck house on my morning rounds, I swing through the veggie garden to get a handful of lettuce or kale treats for the chickens and ducklings, and a handful of fresh straw from the chicken coop to top up the duck house. I often put them on the duck house roof to have them handy (and so Bert doesn’t help himself):

Lettuce and straw

Good morning ducklings:

Ducklings

As mentioned, I’m going to leave the paint tray pool in the duck house now, so I thought I’d try tucking it in one of the nesting boxes, to give them more floor space. We’ll see if this works:

Paint tray pool

Treats for everyone:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Head room could be a concern as they grow:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Um, you seem to have something on your face and chest there Betty:

Ducklings

Ducklings day 26

Today I’ve included a few GIFs of the ducklings, along with the usual assortment of cuteness.

Reviewing the cam recordings, I noticed three ducklings tapping the pop door yesterday morning:

Ducklings tapping door

I’m not sure why; there wasn’t anything out there at the time that I could see on the pond cam; perhaps they’re getting a bit stir-crazy, wanting to get into the pond (though have never seen that door open), or thought it made an interesting noise.

Here’s a GIF of that:

GIF of ducklings tapping door

Betty the Buff duckling flapping her wings; they’ve certainly grown a bit:

Duckling flapping wings

A GIF edition:

GIF of duckling flapping wings

On to the usual treats and such:

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

This morning I posted a slow-motion video on YouTube of a duckling dunking their head under the water; it’s a little long, and includes some further and closer clips, so you might want to skip around in the video. Here’s a GIF edition of one dunk and head shake:

GIF of duckling dunking

Bert drinking water draining from the duck house as the ducklings splash around in the pool:

Ducklings

Bert peeking at the ducklings:

Bert and ducklings

Watching me:

Ducklings

Garden lights after dark

Last night I closed up the duck house after dark, and took some pictures of some of the lights around the garden. It’s unusual for us to wander the garden after dark, but it’s quite pleasant.

A spinning garden ornament in the flowerbeds, with a color-changing light. This picture was taken with the flash; you can see the motion blur of the back blade spinning quickly (there was a bit of a breeze):

Garden ornament

The same ornament with my headlamp:

Garden ornament

One more without illumination:

Garden ornament

An animated GIF, showing the spinning and color changing:

GIF of garden ornament

A light next to a bridge over the stream:

Light and bridge

Light and bridge

A flame-like path light:

Flame light

A GIF of that:

GIF of flame light

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll.

Ducklings day 24

Today some cam pics, plus I raised up the heat lamp and EcoGlow brooder.

Some morning cam shots of sleepy and active ducklings:

Sleepy ducklings

Morning ducklings

Morning ducklings

Sleepy ducklings

Hey there:

Morning ducklings

I raised the heat lamp to the highest position; it is off during the day, only turned on at night, since it gets down to around 50° F overnight:

Heat lamp

I also raised the EcoGlow, now that the ducklings are getting bigger:

EcoGlow

Treat time; look at all those proto-feathers coming on:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Cat update for week ending June 27

Seems like about half of the cat pictures this week are of Pommie.

Here’s Pommie laying in front of the cabins on a hot day:

Pommie

And next to them on the dirt:

Pommie

While grilling dinner one day, I stepped onto the pool deck (the pool isn’t set up yet), and saw Pommie next to the pool area:

Pommie

She sat frozen like that until I went out of sight:

Pommie

Two cats on the driveway, just before they both flopped over and rolled around on the warm asphalt:

Two cats

Poppy stretched out inside the cat house:

Poppy

Pommie in front of the cabins again:

Pommie

One of the twins (Pommie or Spud) on the driveway in the evening, watching me as I went to close up the duck house:

Cat on driveway

Cat in the feeder:

Cat in feeder

Two cats at the cabins (probably Pommie and Porcini):

Two cats

A cat watching me from a cabin as I refilled the bird feeders:

Cat

Porcini about to drink from the stream:

Porcini