My little Ruddy Shelducklings have been living in our garden in our old dog kennel for almost a month now. Yesterday I decided to open their door and let them explore under supervision and mingle with the various other waterfowl that roams our yard. That went really well, they found our little "goldfish-pond"(the birds ate those many years ago) and just enjoy lounging around on the lawn. In the evening I just herded them back into their kennel. This morning the kennel door was open when I got out to do chores and the ruddies were sleeping on the lawn..... I thought I had gone nuts I clearly remembered locking them up last night, but my mother enjoyed them so much yesterday she let them out early this am and watched them herself!!!(that from the person who just tolerates this hobby of mine, her list of "like-birds" has expanded now from just peafowl to ruddy shelducks apparently ) Here are some pics from this am, the one with the down remnants on its head is 3 weeks younger then the other. The older one is clipped, the younger one not yet, the feathers are still growing out.