The ducklings are 8 weeks old today and only 2 of them quack. The 4 non-quackers must be males/drakes. I’ll wait another week or two, to make sure their quacking ability isn’t just delayed. 😕 Here are pics, including a closeup of the chocolate non-standard khaki. He looks like a dark Campbell? Note the question… Continue reading 8week Ducklings
More lightfastness testing
I have my swatches in a window with only a few hours of sun a day. This is early spring, so weak sunshine. Because of that, I am shocked at these results: Beige is gone, peach is beige, carmine and ultramarine are phantoms. Phthalo is faded, the yellows, I don’t know about the brown, maybe… Continue reading More lightfastness testing
I thought ducks had to waddle straight into water. But they can clamber several inches straight up, into a trough: Here they are, going to the trough earlier, showing off their new feathers: They’ll be staying in their pen now. I had been taking them back into the house overnight. But the nights will be… Continue reading Swimming
Ducks almost 5 weeks
I keep trying to take a charming picture of the ducklings, but I’m a big bad monster coming to eat them, so they always crowd into a corner. So, I give up: here’s a pic of them crowded into a corner -> They’re getting a lot of feathers! I got Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks,… Continue reading Ducks almost 5 weeks
The ducklings are amazed: One of them is, anyway. They have a square teepee! My bright idea of a solid tarp to cover the pen didn’t work. Even with pvc pipe and conduit pipes under it, it still sags terribly when it rains. So we put a lodgepole post under it sunk into the ground… Continue reading Lodgepole ducks
See the feathers starting to come out on the ducklings’ tails? They look like pins: I had read that female ducklings start getting real feathers before male ducklings. So I thought that might be a way to discover how many future egg layers I will have. But, alas, they all have little pin feathers coming… Continue reading Tailfeathers
Almost daily duck pic. It’s been a couple days since they wriggled through the chain mesh and they’ve grown 😮 but to be sure, I found some boards and made an enclosure inside the pen. Strangely, all they do is sit! Shouldn’t they walk around, exercise? Well, they’ll exercise when I go gather them up… Continue reading Duck enclosure
Another daily duck pic. We got a chain link pen for the ducklings and put them in this afternoon. But when I decided they needed back into the warmth of the house, they ran from me and right through the mesh! I grabbed four, but two got all the way through and then they ran… Continue reading Duck pen
Duck watering hole
The ducklings were getting into the gallon milk jug I used to water them, so here’s another with three holes cut into it. Now they can’t get in.
Here are the Khaki Campbell ducklings we bought at 3 weeks of age. Thank you, Deer Recovery of Caney!