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Photo Gallery ~ Spring -2014

Now || 2017 || 2016 || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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June 18, 2014 - Ducks are 6 Weeks

In the past 3 weeks the babies when from fuzzy to feathered--zoom. They have begun to quack. They are terrified of me. I move slowly and have a set schedule (a book recommendation), but they are still panicky when I'm with them. Ducks are very easy to herd with the slightest body movement.

They poop in the water so I'm cleaning it out every few days, even though they will apparently do fine with dirty water--yuck.


Big swimmers

They love the water

Black bowling pins?

Runners are odd looking

Slight feather differences

3 Campbells

May 26, 2014 - Big girl swimming pool

Hard to believe the babies all fit in the tiny purple tub when they were a week old. Now at 3 weeks, they have moved outside and get to play in their 50-gallon water tub. Deep enough to actually swim. A big rock in the water to help them get out and a step to get in (a ramp is in the making). They are so much fun to watch.


First and last pools

3 in 2 out

Come on, get in!

Oh, a step.

Like ducks to water

Splish splash

Treading water
   

May 24, 2014 - Ducklings are 3 Weeks

Wow, these gals are growing fast. Much faster than chickens. At 3 weeks, they are ready to go to the outside pen--they are too big to get through the fencing. It takes chickens 6 weeks to reach this size. So far no feathers.


New home

We're nervous

Calming down

Calming down

We are tired

Duck portrait

May 14, 2014 - More swimming

I found a larger swimming pool. Towels blot spashes. Problem with this plastic box--it's too deep for them to climb out. Not a problem since I supervise swimming. Each got a human lift out.

On feathers, I learned that ducklings begin with tail and chest feathers but not until at least 2 weeks and take up to 10 weeks to feather out completely. Chickens are in full feather by 6 weeks.


Another pool

New stroke

Lettuce!

Black Runner

Two Campbells

Splish splash

Black Runner
   

May 12, 2014 - The ducklings week 1

We lost one of the Black Runners 2 days after their arrival. She wanted to sit while the others were racing around. And then there were 5.

The remaining girls took their first swimming lesson today. It took sprinkling chopped lettuce on the water before they got the idea. I used warm water from a hose that was laying in the sun since the book said to be sure they don't get a chill. Funny that wild ducks take their babies in freezing water on day one...

Anyway, they loved it. The Runners swim under water, shooting around the edge of this tiny pool--pretty funny. I'll have to figure out a better way of keeping the splashing contained while they are in the brooder--I don't want wet shavings even though our temperatures will soar this week.

One big difference about ducks compared with chickens--no feathers yet. Chicks have wing tips and tails by the first week. These babies don't show any signs of feathers yet.


Khaki Campbell first

Shallow pool

Splish splash

Black Runner
   

May 6, 2014 - The ducklings have landed

Six little girl quackers have joined the Poultry Project. Our first attempt at ducks, I have chosen 2 egg layer breeds. Khaki Campbell and Black Runners. Here are the baby pictures on Day 1.


All six

Khaki Campbell

Black Runner

Body Types

Looking to their Left

Looking to their Right

April 10, 2014 - 8 weeks

Time is flying. The chicks are half-way to laying. Looking like miniature hens now.


Buff Orpington

Barred Rocks

Ready to Nap

Brown Leghorn

White Leghorn

Butts and Legs

Rhode Island Red

Black Sex Link

Gold Sex Link

Now || 2017 || 2016 || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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