The newest additions to our farm are 5 ducklings hatched on site. This is a first for us.
I’m going to be honest, we haven’t had a lot of success with ducks. So this is a huge milestone.
NEWBIES TO OUR POULTRY PARK
I was in the garden when Farm Girl came running over hollering, “We have ducklings! Mom, we have baby ducks!!!”
Sure enough, we did.
Our two Welsh Harlequins have been taking turns being broody this spring. I had suspicions that our Muscovy was a male, but wasn’t sure. So, I didn’t know if the eggs they were sitting on were even fertile. Eventually, though, all the needed elements came together and a clutch of eggs produced babies.
Back at the Fall Poultry Swap Farm Kid2 picked out a duck. He bought it straight run, not knowing if it was male or female. I was hoping for female, but either was fine. Since then I’ve been watching to see if I could tell if it was boy or girl. But, I’ve never had a muscovy duck, so I didn’t really know what to look for. And, even just a few months ago it was hard to tell. However, this caruncled face and the fact that our other two ducks are ladies pretty much answers the question. This duck’s a dude.
GOING FOR A SWIM
So, so cute!
I love watching mama taking her babies for a swim.
I try to focus on how cute it is, as opposed to thinking about 5 little poopers in my pond.
TIME TO REST
When they were done with their swim mama let them know it was time to go. And, off they went to their secret hiding place.
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