While the Cat is away...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by m.kitchengirl, May 25, 2012.

  1. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

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    I can brood ducks in the kitchen!

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    This is them settling in to their temporary brooder after I brought them home. Two Runners & one Cayuga to add to the flock.

    These little darlings came from Learycow, and they are just delightful. My oldest son has not been the biggest fan of the ducks, but he loves the Cayuga and has taken over care of the little ducks voluntarily. He did his homework sitting with them yesterday, and hung with the older ducks & I last night. So, huge progress.

    Here they are meeting the big girls. Poppy - my welcome wagon team leader - just could not get close enough to the babies for her liking. Nor will she for a while. She was VERY excited.

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    Another pic so you get a sense of her diligence in greeting the new babies...
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    I moved them into a big plastic pool with the A frame coop in it & a light in the "yard" to brood them. At night I "herd" them into the run & close the door, move the light over them & they get "put to bed in the coop" at the same time as the big girls.
    I am hopeful this silly, little practice will make it easier when we have the move outside. It also gives me a chance to fill extra water & feeders & clean the area outside of their "run" which is great. They are given food & water in the "run" at night, and are sleeping further & further from the light over the last couple of days.
     
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  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    So cute! and man, I love that A-frame cage! i need one of those.. i have mallards coming next week... Love the pic of your poppy staring in lol
     
  3. m.kitchengirl

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    I could not live without that silly A frame coop. I hated it when it was given to me (my sweetie thought it would be perfect as a duck house...[​IMG] ), but it has served me well brooding babies, giving bunnies an outside play space, and housing egg bound chickens.
     
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  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    I can see how it would be very useful! My small pen(actually belongs to the rabbits) has been re used as a blocker for my mum & baby in the barn, so i lack a small fencing thingy to keep the mallards in for outside time.. Wonder if i could make one? it would be ideal... i do have a huge pen but i'd prefer something a bit more compact since they don't have a mum.
     

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