Ducklings day 36

Today at the duck house is a bit different: to give the ducklings more space, I assembled a little run for them using some spare gates.

They’re getting bigger, and are old enough to go outside now, though about three weeks from being ready to go free-range in the pond.

My initial idea was to use some posts and spare fencing wire to make a run, then I remembered these metal gates. The two poles even have concrete still on them, making them more stable.

These gates used to be on a fence between the field and the rest of the garden, that we removed years ago.

Here’s what I assembled. It’s just held together with bungee cords, but is secure enough — and is only temporary; I’ll remove it all once they’re allowed in the pond:

Duckling run

The gate on the top probably isn’t necessary; it’s mainly to keep other animals out. The ducklings can’t fly that high (or at all yet).

I can slide the top gate off if desired, and can swing open the left gate to access the run.

I’ll get them to go back inside at night, and close up the duck house. This run is just for daytime use.

Here’s a shot from the duck house cam, with the doors open:

Duck house cam

The first duckling to step slightly outside:

Ducklings

Starting to explore:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Bert was very curious:

Ducklings

I moved the mobile camera from the beehives to watch the duckling run:

Camera

Bert:

Bert

Peeking at the ducklings from above:

Ducklings

From the other side:

Ducklings

Some pictures from the mobile cam (before I changed the cam label):

Ducklings

Look at those wings!

Ducklings

Back inside for a nap:

Ducklings

Afternoon run time:

Ducklings

Sitting around:

Ducklings

Ducklings day 35

Zoom zoom… today I zoom in on some of the ducklings, and remind you (and me!) of their names.

1x ducklings:

Ducklings

2x ducklings:

Ducklings

4x ducklings; this Betty the Buff:

Ducklings

One of the two Khaki Campbells, named Clyde or Cora (I’m not sure which this one is; the gender will be more apparent once a bit older). Check out those growing wing feathers:

Ducklings

The other Khaki Campbell; if I had to guess, I’d say this is Clyde, and the previous picture is Cora, but could be the other way around:

Ducklings

This is Sven, the male Blue Swedish:

Ducklings

The female Blue Swedish, Sonja:

Ducklings

One of the two Rouen boys, Raoul or Rémy (the other was hiding):

Ducklings

Betty and Bert having a conversation, perhaps about how both of their bills are so dirty (ducks aren’t the cleanest when out of the water):

Ducklings

Ducklings day 33

It’s duckling time again!

A peek though a nesting box… I need to clean that out, there’s a bunch of mashed spilled food mixed in the straw:

Ducklings

And the usual pics:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Curious head tilt:

Ducklings

Got a bit of lettuce on your bill, Betty:

Ducklings

I accidentally took a screenshot of the iPhone camera app, but thought I’d post it for the skyward head tilt:

Ducklings

Ducklings day 30

This morning I mucked out the duck house, and captured pictures and a GIF of ducklings flapping their wings, with cute little feathers.

But first, three cam shots from overnight, showing sleepy and active ducklings… but also showing a benefit of the new position of the waterer, letting me see how the level drops overnight:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Mucking out the duck house, which freaks out the ducklings:

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

Mucking out the duck house

I gave them a few strawberries; they weren’t sure about that, though ate them:

Ducklings

Plus the usual leafy treats:

Ducklings

Ducklings

And some apple peel:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Hey Bert:

Duck and ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Peeking:

Duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Flapping wings; look at those little proto-feathers:

Duckling wings

Duckling wings

A GIF of flapping wings, plus preening and drinking:

Duckling wings GIF

More flapping:

Duckling wings

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