They are quickly (and everywhere) losing their downy yellow fluff. Their pin feathers aren’t quite filling in yet, so they have some bare pink spots all over. Especially their wings.
They spend a great deal of time out of their crate now. They mostly sleep on their blanket, but they do wander into the kitchen for some cat grass now and then. I expect they’ll become more mobile as curiosity takes precedence over growing. Right now, growing requires lots of eating and sleeping. Continue reading
This has been a big week. They’ve been learning to swim (yes, they kind of have to learn), they’ve spent time running around the house (for enrichment – once the weather is nice, they’ll go outside in their penned area to explore), and their time with the Danes is much more playful and they hold their own. Continue reading
Ducks and Danes…
The ducklings are big enough to run around for a few minutes – they still tire quickly. So after about 15 minutes, back into their crate. But while they were out, Bixby was having the time of his life.
That green thing next to him is one of his favorite stuffed duck toys that he is very rarely without (we have 5, just in case one gets destroyed – 3 years and they are all still intact – can’t say the same about any other stuffy)
Scout, Gabe and Zander watch from a distance.
Meanwhile, I think because ducks have some amazing hearing, Maddie has been hanging out at the patio door. I’m thinking she hears the babies.
I’m going to wash the dog snout marks off it today and try and get a photo. Otherwise, all you’d see would be smudges and maybe a duck, LOL
Lilacs are starting to bloom heavily…just in time for a forecasted snow storm. I’ll be bringing in a bunch more bouquets of tulips and lilacs.
We survived our first night, once Pearl settled down. She cannot be left alone and makes a loud ruckus to make that clear. So she hangs out in the living room with us. And yes, I’m leaning toward female based on her non-stop quacking. Males are generally quieter. We will adjust if I’m proven incorrect.