She showed up an hour later with a small box with it's precious cargo. To our surprise the guy do not put in the box a duckling, but two cute ducklings: a tiny one an a "giant" one. The smaller one acted as if the bigger one was it's mom. They both were afraid of me and don't let me pet them, and that was kind of frustrating to me, because i have raised chickens and they let you pet them after a couple of days. It took me almost 6 months until finally they let me touch them a couple of days ago even eat from my hand!
Until now i don't know their genders.
So I improvised a small cage for them to grow up, while I was designing their permanent housing: "Quack Bed & Breakfast" a 3'Wx 10'L x 3.5'H living space. A coop 4'x3'x3.5' with an attached run with a 2'x3'x 8" tub. Build over an existing concrete box in the backyard.
I design it, my husband help with some great ideas and cut all the pieces and i paint them and put it together . We start it on june 26 and on july 4 the ducklings were moved to their new home. So far they look very happy!
Most of the coop material are reclaimed:
floor- 3'x4' its a plastic palllet
front wall - 4'x 3.5' x 1/2" wood panel with decorative trimmings
front, back and side walls are from a top (3/4"panel) part of two wooden pallets
a piece of 1/4" wood panel
clear plastic corrugated ceiling material
what i bough:
Home depot 's concrete mixing tray 3'x2', 10"deep (1)
Pvc Drainage with key (1)
pvc tube 2.5"x 10 for drainage (1)
1/2" pvc tubes 10' (3) to frame the cage and make the door.
1x1x 3' metalic cage wire (18')
nails and screws
2"x2"x8' wood (3)
3"x 1"x 12 'wood (3)
The first egg from my ducklings
So I provided them a simple nest, just a rectangle made or 1x3" and 1x3" wood and she use it.
Grace & Franky got their wings clipped and got to free range the backyard