Monday, 27 February 2012

New Arrivals

We got 9 new ducklings today.

The 12 we have in the incubator are almost certainly non-viable so we had to have some alternatives. It is coming up to the busiest time of the year for selling ducks so we need to have enough to sell.

We have 2 x bigger ducks who are 3-4 weeks old and 7 x 6 day olds.....

Intrigued by Val and Tyne

Who in turn were completely unfazed by the arrival



The 2 big ones were clearly too large to stay in the indoor brooder so were taken outside to the heated nursery. This left the 7 little ones to fend for themselves....

It soon became apparent that none of them are used to human contact. Or water come to that. 

BIG change alert, Tiddlers......

First of all a bath.....

....which they took to like ducks to water!

I twiddled my fingers in the water as they were swimming. Initially they stuck to their safe 'hiding in the corner' routine. But as they enjoyed the water they ventured forth. I made sure I touched each of them whilst they were occupied and happy....

Gently, gently catchee monkee....

Or duck.



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