More ducklings day 43

Just three pictures of the ducklings today; I’ve been too busy with other stuff to spend much time with them.

Ducklings

They still got their treats, of course:

Ducklings

They also got to experience some very welcome rain this afternoon, which of course doesn’t bother ducks at all:

Ducklings

More ducklings day 42

A focus on food today for the ducklings.

But first, I opened up the duck house and topped up water (the paint tray pool goes in the duck house while it is closed up overnight):

Ducklings

Ducklings and ducks watching each other:

Ducklings and ducks

This morning I gave them some leafy treats as usual:

Leafy treats

Then after lunch I gave them some partially-frozen peas; ducks love all sorts of green treats:

Peas

Peas

I also refilled their food jug. They are fed a mix of brewer’s yeast (for niacin), raw rolled oats (to reduce the protein ratio), and non-medicated start & grow feed (until they start laying eggs, then will be switched to layer feed like the chickens):

Food

Adding some oats and yeast to the jug; I add a couple of large scoops of feed, then oats and yeast, then more feed, and so on, to mix them together. This jug normally goes into the top of the feeder tube, though I’m also using it to dispense food into a dish for the older ducks until they can all eat from the duck house again:

Food

Finally, some ducks coming around the side of the duck house to say hi to the ducklings:

Ducks and ducklings

More ducklings day 41

Today for the ducklings, some stretching of wings, fun splashes, and a GIF.

A Rouen stretching her wings; still some feather growth to go, but getting there (with the older ducks visible in the pond):

Wings

Like water off a duck’s back:

Like water off a duck's back

Water again

A Rouen stepping on up to the pool, and Betty stepping up to the fence from the pond:

Stepping on up

Splashes:

Splashes

The Khaki Campbell flapping her wings too; a little behind in growth, but also getting there:

Wings

An animated GIF of three ducks swimming in circles:

GIF

More ducklings day 40

The first day back in the duck house and run for the ducklings, with the kiddie pool.

Good morning:

Ducklings

Today I set up the kiddie pool again for them:

Filling kiddie pool

Treats to encourage them to investigate it:

Treats

Treats

I tweaked the steps to be easier on their short legs:

Steps

It didn’t take long for them to hop in and start swimming:

Swimming

Some preferred a more direct serving of treats, though:

Treats

Three ducklings swimming, plus ducks in the pond:

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming for treats:

Swimming

Swimming

Dunking:

Swimming

Four in the pool:

Swimming

Shaking her head after getting out:

Swimming

(Did you see the video of swimming?)

More ducklings day 39 (plus evacuation update)

We are home again now. Currently getting unpacked, and throwing out thousands of dollars of food from our fridges and freezers that spoiled while the power was out (for several days). That hurts. At least we have eggs for dinner! Three dozen waiting for us in the coop.

But it’s good to be home (and have a home to come back to), though we’re still at evacuation level 1 (“be ready”), so this isn’t over yet. Things seem to be improving, though.

Here’s one last picture of the ducklings in the trailer pen:

Ducklings

Mucking out the trailer pen, after putting the ducklings back in the vented containers:

Mucking out trailer pen

Mucking out trailer pen

Here are the ducklings in the containers after getting home; I only stacked them to carry them to the duck house:

Ducklings in containers

Back in their run; they were keen to have a bath after that three hour trip:

Ducklings

Ducklings

I’ll set up the bigger pool tomorrow.

Heading back into the duck house, with some fresh straw:

Ducklings

Ducklings and ducks:

Ducklings and ducks

The ducks were very happy to see me; they’d eaten all of the food I’d dumped out for them, as expected.

More ducklings day 38

It’s raining a bit today, which is helping to clear out some of the smoke. Depending on how things look in the morning, we’re thinking we’ll probably head home tomorrow. So this might be the last duckling update from the excellent trailer pen that Mom and her partner provided for the ducklings.

The ducklings won’t enjoy the three hour drive home (and neither will my ears, now that some of them are quacking loudly), and they probably won’t like being back in the duck house and run, being a bit smaller than the trailer. But they need a couple more weeks before they’ll be old enough to go in the pond. It’ll be good for the older ducks and the ducklings to get used to each other again through the fence, too, before they merge.

Today, as I have each day, starting the day by adding more water to the kiddie pool, and refilling their food and paint tray pool:

Food

I also added some fresh straw, including some further back, added by sprinkling on top of the wire, which left a few bits as fun things for them to snag:

Snagging straw

Treat time:

Treats

Treats in the pool:

Treats in pool

Only a couple of them wanted to swim while I was there; the others reached for the treats from outside:

Treats in pool

She’s happy to swim around, though:

Duckling

More ducklings day 37

Today I increased the depth of the duckling kiddie pool by another few inches, to the point where they can no longer touch the bottom — so they are actually swimming for the first time.

But first, I refilled their paint tray pool and food:

Food

Deeper water:

Deeper water

Really swimming; they took to it like ducks to water, unsurprisingly (female ducks seem more comfortable in water; previous male ducklings were more hesitant to swim at all, or made a big production of it):

Swimming

Still enjoying the paint tray pool too:

Paint tray

More swimming:

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming

Leafy treats:

Treats

Treats

Swimming for treats:

Treats and swimming

More ducklings day 36 (start of week 6)

Today marks the start of the sixth week of these ducklings, which is when they are officially old enough to swim, plus no longer need heat (though they’ve been without that for the past week anyway). Still a couple of weeks before they are ready to go into the pond, though… not that that is an option while we’re evacuated, anyway.

So, now that they have the kiddie pool, I’m slowing increasing the water level. They can still touch the bottom, but in a day or two they’ll be actually swimming; that’ll be fun.

(Did you see today’s video with slow-mo and splashes?)

Pool time:

Pool time

Pool time

Also tray time:

Tray time

Fun splashes:

Splashes

Splashes

Splashes

Splashes

Splashes