I had a scare the other night. One of our thunderstorms was moving in, the kind that has 20 minutes of strong winds, thunder that just rolls across the sky nonstop and 30 seconds of rain. I was moving around making sure nothing was fixin' to blow away and saw the ducklings were very scared. I decided to get them and when I went to do so I was careless and didn't double check behind me. First Squeak saw a chance and got out and under the porch then when I was trying to see where he was Pip shot out of the carrier and under the porch with him. The dog wasn't happy with this since it meant she couldn't see 'her ducklings'. Got her put up and came out with the peas. First piece by piece to get them out from under the porch then backed away and started tossing every other one into their water. Eventually both of them saw where I was tossing them and went right back into their enclosure.
It was also their first night outside and I don't know who was more nervous me them or the dog. While I didn't go sleep with them we did have all the air conditioning, fans, televisions and music turned off. LOL Had to be able to hear them if something happened. Slept off and on thru the night with the porch light on, the front door open and screens put in, plus a dog who slept right by the door so she could hear anything. Me, I went outside every 1/2 hour at first because I could hear how unsettled they were and as they calmed down so did I. Sorta.
Today the two of them got their first taste of live meal worms. They've been ignoring the worms that show up and I remembered how an orphaned wild bird I raised loved meal worms so I went to the gas station to buy some. They went nuts or should I say Pip went nuts over them. Poor Squeak is used to being the boss and she barreled him over, took them right out of his bill, pecked and yelled at him in order to move him away. I don't think Squeak got but one or two of them. I was told with the wild bird that meal worms are pure protein so I guess the same holds true with ducks.