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

More ducklings day 35

One of the things I brought yesterday from the homestead to Mom’s place was the duckling kiddie pool, which I set up today in the trailer pen:

Kiddie pool

One of the Rouens was first into the new pool, closely followed by the Khaki Campbell (aka the little brown duckling… not so little or uniformly brown anymore):

First into the new pool

First into new pool

Two in the water. I only filled it ankle-deep initially; I’ll make it a little deeper over the next few days, until it’s completely full, to let them get used to it. They should be able to swim about now, but it’s best to ease them into it:

Two in the water

More in the pool, and splashing about:

More in the pool

All but one in the pool:

All but one in the pool

Since the Blue Swedish has the gimpy leg, I don’t think she would be able or comfortable climbing that far, so I’m keeping the paint tray pool for her (yes, it’s still gimpy; no better yet, but no worse either):

New and old pools

Blue Swedish by paint tray pool

More ducklings day 33

Another smoky day, not quite as bad as yesterday. The ducklings are feathering out nicely, and starting to make proto-quacks. They grow so fast!

Ducklings

Ducklings

Look at all those feathers:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Two in the bigger pool:

Ducklings

Three in the bigger pool, with some nice water droplets:

Ducklings

Splashes:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Treat time:

Ducklings

Ducklings