Thursday, June 5, 2014

Duck Family Expansion - only a week late...

~ freshly hatched duck ~
I can't believe a full week & a half has gone by!! I'm quite far behind in sharing photos but much further behind in my garden chores...

BUT the great news is: we have 2 new baby ducks that are now a week & a half old!

The photo shows our first hatchling just an hour or so out of the shell. What an exhausting job!! We were amazed to see that it is so dark in colouring...

And so tiny...


But such a pretty colour! I couldn't help but bring it out into the sunshine later in the day to see the colours properly.


This one is a firecracker! Not hesitant to climb up my sweater & start exploring the world. Feisty....





 The very next day our last egg hatched & out came this little one...

Different colouring again & very tiny... I placed the 2 of them together in their tote under the heat lamp & watched for a while as they got to know each other... I did not want a repeat pecking like with the other two.

~ Tuesday & Monday ~
They are now practically inseparable - we call them 'the twins' but really they are a day apart. To help with identifying which we talk about, we've decided to name them after their hatch day: Monday & Tuesday. Seems to fit... This photo is of the two of them out in the yard one their first week birthday for their first outdoor adventure.

Not to ignore the other two - this is what Penelopea looks like now. She's almost finished with her first molt & has some amazing colours shimmering in the feathers. 

She is still very much a cuddle duck, but on her own terms. I'm glad to see all our attention to these two has allowed us to get to handle the ducks in a quiet manner. They respond much better to patience than to being grabbed (not a hard thing to figure out but difficult to put into practice when late for work!)

This poor duck used to be our adorable little 'cheeper' - no longer yellow, but starting to change into a creamy white, he's starting to develop dark head feathers & a change in head shape... He has the unfortunate name of 'Attila' this week. Not sure if that one will stick...

The older ducks are now living out in their duck house & enclosure & we seem to be doing very well with the arrangement. A few finishing touches are needed to the enclosure, but I hope to find & make time this coming weekend to take a few photos. 

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