The Lake of Fire

BickeringToast

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Our 4-pack has been outside for two weeks (maybe more or less-I have lost all sense of time in duck-world). Originally they had a temporary house because we were in the process of building '4-Pack Manor'. Their estate is now done (pics soon). Over a week ago I decided they needed a temporary 'pond' since it will be a couple weeks before the '4-Pack Bathing Quarters' are completed. So we bought a kiddie pool. I think the pond construction will be simpler.

I put the kiddie pool in the area of the future raised pond since it is already muddy where I have been leveling the ground. The 4-pack was pretty interested in the filling of the pool. Once filled, they lost interest. I needed to add access and DH decided he had the answer (which of course he did)......

DH: They need a way to get in
Me: Yes, I know. I will add some shallow steps or a ramp
DH: We have all those bags of potting soil, you could build a ramp using those
Me: What? You want me to add mud? I just dug up and hauled out TONS of mud. I will build them something.
DH: YOU are going to build something???
Me: Yep, I can do it
DH: Whatever you think is best


I then spent half a day building a wide shallow set of stairs and put them in. No duck interest.
I tried bribing them step by step with peas. Nope.

I put a cinder block inside the pool where the stairs were. I put peas on the cinder block. The 4-pack walked around the stairs and stretched to get the peas. Now they figured the pool was a giant drinking fountain. Don't get me wrong, it was still a distant 2nd to the small shallow water pan used for dunking their favorite worm/stick.

I finally gave in and had DH bring in the bags of dirt. I made a giant ramp. I put peas on the dirt ramp. Within minutes I had ducks in a kiddie pool.......



It took them 3 days to figure out they could use the cinder block to get out of the pool. For those 3 days they were pitching themselves out like a pack of drunkards.

They all like a nap in the sun after their swim (although I think Niles uses this time to do pilates)...



***To all of you using a kiddie pool on a permanent basis all I can say is BRAVO! You clearly are more dedicated than I. I cannot wait for the pond to be built because the emptying and rinsing of this pool is sure to cause my demise!
 
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mamawolfen68

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My mom has always used a couple kiddie pools and rotated them -- yes, they get disgusting and it's a huuuuge pain in the keister. One more reason I do not have ducks.
 

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jonhpdx

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Great pictures! IIRC, I think you and I have ducklings that are the same age. I've got 4, 6 week old ducklings, a Cayuga, Welshy, Pekin and Black Swede.
 

BickeringToast

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Great pictures! IIRC, I think you and I have ducklings that are the same age. I've got 4, 6 week old ducklings, a Cayuga, Welshy, Pekin and Black Swede.

I brought the 4-pack home on March 1st and I THINK they were a 2 or 3 days old at the time. I also THINK I have 4 boys: Welsh, Runner, Cayuga, Khaki.

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BickeringToast

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My mom has always used a couple kiddie pools and rotated them -- yes, they get disgusting and it's a huuuuge pain in the keister. One more reason I do not have ducks.
I believe (and hope and pray) it gets a little easier with the pond (and filter and drain).

Chickens are next on my list. I thought that would be this summer but the 4-pack requires VAST amounts of attention so next spring is looking more likely for chickens.
 
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jonhpdx

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I brought the 4-pack home on March 1st and I THINK they were a 2 or 3 days old at the time. I also THINK I have 4 boys: Welsh, Runner, Cayuga, Khaki.

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Is the runner as social/friendly as the other birds? The reason I didn't get runners was because I heard they were a little less friendly towards humans than others. My Cayuga is sooooo calm, and also the smartest of my 4. My Welshy girl is the most scitterish although she doesn't seem to mind being held once I catch her. My Pekin like being held the most and is also the calmest when I try to grab her. My Black Swedish girl will fight you to be picked up with every last ounce of her will, but once she's actually being held she rather likes it. Funny girls.
 

BickeringToast

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Is the runner as social/friendly as the other birds? The reason I didn't get runners was because I heard they were a little less friendly towards humans than others. My Cayuga is sooooo calm, and also the smartest of my 4. My Welshy girl is the most scitterish although she doesn't seem to mind being held once I catch her. My Pekin like being held the most and is also the calmest when I try to grab her. My Black Swedish girl will fight you to be picked up with every last ounce of her will, but once she's actually being held she rather likes it. Funny girls.
There is no rhyme or reason to the 4-pack:

Runner (Doc): He is the sweetest (and smallest. I think it is more the expression he has. When I am out there tossing out peas he will let the other 3 run around for them while he walks up to me and moves his bill (I always say he is trying to talk
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). He is not thrilled to be picked up but is not too bad and seems to actually like being held
Welsh (Daphne): Doesn't like being picked up but likes being held. Also seems like the, ahhh, ummmm, 'least bright'
Khaki Campbell (Niles): I think he is leader of the 4-pack. He is ready to charge in anytime he thinks peas may be invloved. He hates being picked up but doesn't mind being held.
Cayuga (Mose): Mose has grown to be the biggest. Lately he is a little stand-offish. He is the only one who will not come right up to me for treats and currently will not eat from my hand. Even now he doesn't really mind being picked up but has always detested being held for more than a few seconds.

Since they have been outside I have been telling DH that Doc (runner) is my little sweetie
 

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There is no rhyme or reason to the 4-pack:

Runner (Doc): He is the sweetest (and smallest. I think it is more the expression he has. When I am out there tossing out peas he will let the other 3 run around for them while he walks up to me and moves his bill (I always say he is trying to talk
tongue.png
). He is not thrilled to be picked up but is not too bad and seems to actually like being held
Welsh (Daphne): Doesn't like being picked up but likes being held. Also seems like the, ahhh, ummmm, 'least bright'
Khaki Campbell (Niles): I think he is leader of the 4-pack. He is ready to charge in anytime he thinks peas may be invloved. He hates being picked up but doesn't mind being held.
Cayuga (Mose): Mose has grown to be the biggest. Lately he is a little stand-offish. He is the only one who will not come right up to me for treats and currently will not eat from my hand. Even now he doesn't really mind being picked up but has always detested being held for more than a few seconds.

Since they have been outside I have been telling DH that Doc (runner) is my little sweetie
Thanks for the laugh, I love this saga of the 4 pack and look forward to reading more of their adventures.
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