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Box O' Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggchel, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Look what arrived this morning from Holderreads......
  2. maggiePI

    maggiePI Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2007
    S. Oregon
    Too bad we can't have sound effects to go with. I've never heard ducklings. Do they peep or quack?
  3. zimmy

    zimmy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2007
    Awwww! Those are soooosososo cute!!

    Yeah, I want to know if they peep or quack.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Adorabel little peepers!
    You have quite an assortment of colors. Please tell us what you have!

    They peep until they get big enough to quack, about 8 weeks old. [​IMG]
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    peep peep peeeeeeep

    Millie, at Holderreads, filled my last minute order with as many extra exhibition stock Runners as hatched yesterday plus a few other exhibition stock ducklings and a bonus duckie. She took them to her post office late yesterday, and my P.O. called me this morning at 8:30am to pick them up!

    The breeds and varieties are:
    Runners: 2 white, 2 penciled, 1 black, 1blue, 1 chocolate
    Other breeds: 2 Saxony, 1 Silver Appleyard, 1 Welsh Harlequin, and the bonus Ancona.

    They will hopefully be adopted and raised by a sebastopol goose that has been sitting on infertile eggs for weeks.
    We spent all afternoon prepping her end of the run for the ducklings and then getting her to take them in. We only put in the 4 largest ducklings to start (in case there was trouble) and will add the rest later tonight or tomorrow.
    At first she just checked them out and then rearranged her eggs and ignored the ducklings. I blocked the nest box so that the ducklings couldnt wander off and then I just kept lifting her wing and putting them underneath, only to have them tumble out and wander away again. Finally, after a couple hours of this, the duckies got chilly enough that they wanted to snuggle, and she, at last, lifted her wing and let them in. Whew! I had hung a light over her nest box just in case, but I really wanted the ducklings to want to snuggle with her.

    Here is a shot of them in the garden followed by a pic of the surrogate Mom.


  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    eggchell......that pic of them with the flowers [​IMG] TOO CUTE!! Mine if I copy it and use it for a desk top theme??? How adorable!!
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Oh my gosh, they are sooo cute! [​IMG]
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  8. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Sure, you can use it on your desktop. No commercial use. Any other use needs to be credited:
    Photo by chel for Backyardchickens.com


  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    thanks eggchel.....I just cant stop looking at that pic....way too cute. I wont use it commercially...just on my desktop. Now I can see it every day..without logging in! Thanks again!!
  10. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I get my ranch (hopefull in this lifetime!) I'm getting some of those frizzle seb geese! I call them pompoms with necks!

    those ducklins are TOO CUTE!


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