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):
Good morning 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:
Treats for everyone:
Head room could be a concern as they grow:
Um, you seem to have something on your face and chest there Betty:
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:
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:
Betty the Buff duckling flapping her wings; they’ve certainly grown a bit:
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):
The same ornament with my headlamp:
One more without illumination:
An animated GIF, showing the spinning and color changing: