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What the Duck

I’ve got two duck hens. One began sitting on eggs in early April. The other eventually joined and there spilt the nest. I figured I’d have a huge number of ducklings with all the eggs in the nests…

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Then they began to hatch. One by one.

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Quite literally. One a day. The hens began fighting and killing anything that hatched. I finally separated them and the lone green with the eggs began accepting the hatchlings.

Until she got 4. 4 that took 3 days to hatch. After that she decided “I’ve got 4 babies, active else isn’t mine!” And the killing began again. I don’t have an incubator, so I think and try to put a few in my dehydrator…. And I got them temp wrong and cooked them. Oops. I didn’t have a solution so I put other hen back in hoping she would claim new hatches. Nope. 4 ducklings all they would keep.

It should take about 28 days to hatch. These girls had been sitting on the eggs since early April. By end of may we are way overdue. So I figured we were done. I went into feed one day and i found a beat up dying duckling. still, 4 running around, the one was an older one and the unlucky one who got stomped.I gathered up the last eggs to give to the pigs not seeing any other solution. I pick one up and all the sudden I hear “peep! Peep! Peeppeeppeep!” One egg had pipped and someone was ready to hatch!

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I gathered the last 4 eggs and tried my dehydrator again. Lots of water and a wet towel to keep the humidity up, a thermometer to help me get the temp right, I sat and watched. This one egg had started having a little too early and the Duck wasn’t quite ready, and the membrane kept drying out so I had to keep wetting it.

Eventually….

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Well hello little one!

All 4 hatched though one duckling didn’t make it the first day. So momma duck has 4 and I’ve got 3. Mine are friendly, the 4 raised by mom are terrified of me. But they are adorable little trouble makers who slip in and out of the pen driving their mother crazy since she can’t protect them. I’m… Kinda enjoying watching her go crazy. Hah.

Learned alot about using broody hens, though. Never again will I let two share a nest !

While at the Farm Store…

I went to the farm store this evening to pick up supplies for castrating and docking I’m doing tommorrow (I toyed with the idea of ear tags be decided against it since they always get torn out anyway) and heard peeping.

chicks were in. How could I resist taking a “peep” (heeh…didn’t mean to do that!)

first bin had ducklings. Cute buggers with black webby feets widdle bwown noses and teenytiiiiny widdiw baybee wings…..i took a picture and sent it to my mother. “temptation.” I captioned it.

I bought my stuff, scored on some clearance items. Got in the car and my mother sent me back a text, “why didn’t you buy them?” With my sense of reason telling me i have room to hoard more animals I ran back in the store 5 minutes before closing and picked up two little Cayuga ducklings.

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There is literally a duck in my hair. LOOK AT THAT DUCKBUTT HANGING OUT OF MY HAIR!

Peep peep peep all they way home. Back home I pulled them out of the box and set them down on my lap. They quickly climbed up my body and nestled in my hair and quieted down very happy. We took a nap and i listened to their little hearts beat blood through their soft bodies. I got up and one climed further into my hair. I caught myself exclaiming “I’ve got a duck caught in my hair!” One of those things you’d never expect to hear yourself say you know.

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Dolly and Porter are spending the night in the bathtub with the brooded placed sort of in it with water and food. I need to repair the tractors since some animal ripped a hole in one and the other has a broken door. I’m super looking forward to having ducks! These two will be very tame I’m guessing by their antics crawling all over me. A new beast to add to the rosters….