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Category Archives: Duckling diaries
Eddy, still the smartest and best-looking of the bunch. As spring and the close of our second year with ducks approaches, I should offer an update on our experiences. I apologize for its somewhat random nature, but that’s life with … Continue reading
Eddy and Bubble keep an eye on suspicious humans. The ducks have been with us for a year. I have to say that our experimental backyard poultry operation has been a rousing success! We have wonderful eggs, enough to sell … Continue reading
The maginificent seven. The ducks have been laying eggs for five weeks now. We found the first two on September 28, and found at least one egg every day after that. After a week we were averaging three a day; … Continue reading
The ducks have completed their second molt, so they have their full coat of adult feathers. The new feathers look just like the old ones, but there are more of them: the ducks have finished growing now.
First flight: Polly makes a break for it. Toby is concerned. The ducks look like adults now. Their feathers are all in, and their wings, especially, have grown—as you can see in the photo. Most evenings before we herd them … Continue reading
Yes, I am one hot little duck. The ducks are now six weeks old and have been living outside for two and a half weeks. One morning in their fourth week, when I went in to the brooder to take … Continue reading
Attack of the killer ducklings! (At least if you’re a mosquito.) The ducks have been here three weeks today. They are now living outside in their grazing pen during the day and coming inside at night to stay warm and … Continue reading
Free range ducks! Ducklings are amazing. I could sit and watch them putter and dabble for hours, which is good, because we don’t have cable anymore.