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:
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:
The first duckling to step slightly outside:
Starting to explore:
Bert was very curious:
I moved the mobile camera from the beehives to watch the duckling run:
Peeking at the ducklings from above:
From the other side:
Some pictures from the mobile cam (before I changed the cam label):
Look at those wings!
Back inside for a nap:
Afternoon run time:
Zoom zoom… today I zoom in on some of the ducklings, and remind you (and me!) of their names.
4x ducklings; this Betty the
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:
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:
This is Sven, the male
The female Blue Swedish, Sonja:
One of the two
Rouen boys, Raoul or Rémy (the other was hiding):
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):
Today, cleaning the nesting boxes, a GIF of stealing a treat, and more.
Did you see the video of the ducklings?
A morning swim:
Messy nesting boxes:
This looks like biting, but it’s really an attempt to steal the treat:
Which was successful, as seen in this GIF from that Live Photo:
A video from this morning of the ducklings eating leafy treats and bathing in the pool, with some peeps and proto-quacks, plus Bert hanging out.
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:
And the usual pics:
Curious head tilt:
Got a bit of lettuce on your bill, Betty:
I accidentally took a screenshot of the iPhone camera app, but thought I’d post it for the skyward head tilt:
Last night Betty knocked over the EcoGlow brooder:
The crime scene this morning:
I righted it, and put it back bit, so hopefully it’ll be more stable now.
Happy US Independence Day! I spent the day doing homestead projects (more on that another day), so am posting this via my iPad Pro from our deck after a tasty grilled meal.
Nothing particularly exciting today; ducklings with treats:
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:
Mucking out the duck house, which freaks out the ducklings:
I gave them a few strawberries; they weren’t sure about that, though ate them:
Plus the usual leafy treats:
And some apple peel:
Flapping wings; look at those little proto-feathers:
A GIF of flapping wings, plus preening and drinking:
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:
Though they don’t seem to like that position, as few used it there.
Good morning ducklings:
Bert came over to check on the ducklings:
On afternoon rounds, I quickly swapped the position of the waterer and pool:
They definitely seem to prefer this location:
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.
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: