We Have Ducks Again

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 11-06-2015

I broke down and bought ducks again, these are pictures of when they were little.

middle and duckling

middle and duckling

Peking Ducklings

Peking Ducklings

Ducklings in brooder

Peking ducklings in brooder

Mallard ducklings

Mallard ducklings

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

Duckling Update

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 04-07-2012

Hatching out this batch of ducklings, was an interesting thing.  First off, I didn’t know how many of the 32 eggs would hatch and then make it.    We had 15 of 32 hatch, but we only had 11 survive.  Some of the survive rate was due to me, not thinking about how hot it was during the day and leaving the heat lamp on, even though they had plenty of water and a way to get out of under the heat lamp.  They need temps of 100 for the first week, then you can drop the temp down 5 degrees each week.    Part of it was also, a few that were sort of on the small side and just acted weak and I wasn’t sure that they would have made it, even if I hadn’t had to much heat.  I am still thrilled with the 11 that did hatch as that is still more than I thought would hatch

Baby Ducklings

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 27-06-2012

Several weeks ago, I had a total of 9 ducks, then something started picking them off one by one, until I was left with two.   I quickly made up a pen for them and they are now safe inside it and seem to be doing well.   As I was building the pen, I found a nest with 32 eggs in it and I put them in the incubator and hoped that they might hatch.  Of the 32 eggs, so far 11 have hatched, we did have four that for some reason died in the shell, and one that was bad, as it was leaking.   I have something like 16 eggs that I am waiting to see if any of them pip.   If they haven’t hatched out by the 4th of July, I will most likely throw them out as they were either eggs that went bad or not fertile.

New Ducks and getting stuck in the mud!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 17-11-2011

For a while I have been wanting to get some more female ducks, I have been talking back and forth between several people for a while, trying to figure out what kind I wanted.  I decided that since they were going to be for egg laying purposes, that I didn’t really care about breed.  So yesterday, I finally broke down and went and got some new ducks.  I was able to get 13 ducks, 5 or 6 of those were males, but I can sell any that I don’t want to keep.   I drove out to the ladies house, she gave me excellent directions and without realizing it had turned around in her drive way, because I thought I was at the wrong house, which is how I got stuck.  I then pulled into another driveway, only to find out that it was actually a field.   I had my youngest with me, as her sister’s were with my in laws at our church, since they have decided they want to go to choir practice.   We knocked on about 4 houses, before we found someone home that could help get me out, all it took was three guy’s pushing to get me out of the rut I was in and they were even nice enough to back my car(MINI-VAN) all the way out so I wouldn’t get stuck again.    I had brought four boxes to put the duck’s in, not realizing just how big the ducks I was getting were.  I got them home, added them to my duck pen and they took a while to settle in, but when I checked on them this morning, they were acting like they had been here the whole time.   Just so you know, I think I need a 4wheel drive truck.

Rescue Ducks

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 06-09-2011

I recently had a call from someone looking for a home for three baby mallard ducks, I told them I would love to give them a home and thought they were about 6 weeks of age.  When I looked at them, they looked more like 4 weeks, than 6 weeks.  I am hoping that they end up females, since I already have three males.   I did finally find someone close by that was wanting to get rid of some adults, both Pekin and Mallards, so I might go buy some from them to even out the flock.   Last week I moved them outside full time, I was letting them out in the duck pen during the day, I didn’t want to let them stay in with the adult ducks until they were a little older.   They are not almost all feathered out, they are still a little young for me to tell if they are males or females.  I can sometimes tell when they are about 8 weeks old, which should be next week.

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