Welcome to Flock Friday.
Last week I found the cupboard doors of the duck house wide open; I suspect a house viewer opened them and didn’t close them properly. I thought you might enjoy seeing inside. The jug holds food that drains into the feeder tube:
Ducks on the pond:
Chickens enjoying rice treats:
Ducks on and near the bank of the pond:
Ducks on the lawn:
Ducks and Rory:
On the lawn again:
A focus on the chickens for this Flock Friday, including a couple of fun GIFs.
I noticed some chickens grabbing raspberries through the fence:
Here’s a GIF of one jumping up to grab raspberries from a high branch; see how she turns her head back and forth to judge the distance:
Another GIF of pulling a branch through the fence:
That was hard work; nap time:
Some photos of chickens with tomato, lettuce, and zucchini treats (the zucchini are starting to take over the garden):
We can’t have a Flock Friday post without any pictures of the ducks — here’s a token one from the pond deck. Betty’s ducklings are almost full-grown now, and Sonja’s are catching up fast:
I haven’t spent much time with the ducks this week, due to our trip to Ashland and my subsequent illness, but I’ll be sure to get more photos of them for next week.
Ducklings in the chicken run?!
I have no idea how they got in there, but I heard their distressed peeping, and went over to let them out:
Betty’s ducklings are getting quite big:
Sonja’s ducklings are still small, but growing fast (here some are snuggling under her):
Two broody chickens in a nesting box:
@YellowCottageHomestead TikTok video of Sonja and some of her ducklings preening themselves on the floating island in our pond:
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A little later than usual for Flock Friday, as we were out all morning while the house was inspected. But I wouldn’t want to miss sharing the fun pictures of our chickens and ducks!
Let’s start with some chickens with a head of lettuce from our veggie garden:
The pond, with ducks and a bird flying low over the pond, to dip its beak for a drink:
Another shot of a bird diving for a drink, plus Sonja on the island sitting on several of her ducklings:
A couple of ducks enjoying some shade:
I love that shiny green head:
Hot chickens; chickens panting on one of the really hot days this week (don’t worry, they have flowing water to cool off):
Sonja and ducklings:
Ducks on and near the island:
Betty and her ducklings:
Sonja and ducklings, and more ducks on the island:
Sonja and ducklings:
Ducks on the lawn; Betty and her ducklings on the left, others in the middle, and Sonja’s ducklings on the right:
Chickens roosting in their run:
It’s Flock Friday. Did you see
the announcement about us selling our homestead? These updates will be continuing for a little while longer, so enjoy them while they last!
An aerial view of the pond:
Sonja and her ducklings on an upturned pot island:
Sonja and her ducklings, with other ducks in the background:
Betty and her ducklings wading in the waterfall stream:
Finally, a GIF of some of Sonja’s ducklings eating from the duckling feeder:
Yes, that’s right: 16 ducklings. So much cuteness!
So, remember when I said that most of Sonja’s eggs wouldn’t hatch, like with Betty’s? Yeah, about that… I was wrong; it looks like pretty much all of them did. She currently has 16 ducklings!
I say “currently” as it is likely that some won’t survive their first few days, and others may die for various reasons over time, but it’s still more than expected.
Here’s a GIF of Sonja popping out of her nest, with a squirming mass of ducklings:
Another GIF; so many ducklings:
Last GIF of overflowing ducklings:
This morning Sonja led her babies into the pond. Definitely a benefit of mother-raised ducklings, able to swim a day or two after hatching:
Here they are with some of Betty’s ducklings in the background; the latter are only three weeks older, but so much bigger!
Quite the flotilla:
@YellowCottageHomestead TikTok video of Sonja and her 16 ducklings. Yes, SIXTEEN:
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I mentioned in
Flock Friday yesterday that Sonja’s ducklings were due to hatch that day, based on when she started full-time nesting. Well, right on schedule, they did indeed; I saw the first duckling yesterday afternoon, and this morning there are several; a little too dark to count them, but I’m pretty sure I saw at least six.
Here are some GIFs of them, starting with the first one I saw:
GIF of a duckling tumbling out of the nest, and climbing back in:
After dark GIF with several visible:
This morning, one of the boys was being too nosy, so Sonja led him away from the nest. The oldest duckling followed to the door, then returned to the nest (GIF):
While she was away, we get a better look at the squirming mass of ducklings in this GIF; see how many you can count:
For comparison, here is a picture of Betty’s ducklings; already much bigger:
Finally, several ducklings emerging from under Sonja:
Stay tuned for another baby duckling update tomorrow.