Friday, February 20, 2015

Growing Apace

The ducklings are growing at a great pace. When they arrived, just over a week ago, they struggled to reach the water bowl; now they're looking down on it. They're eating sheep meal, cut up young sweetcorn leaves, and as many grasshoppers as I can catch.

 We needed to clean out their home yesterday. Jack joked that we'd have to put them in the bath. I said that was a good idea because the bath is easy to clean. So into the bath they went, for the short time it took to clean their crate:
They're beginning to outgrow their home, we'll have to make a bigger one for them.

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  1. Yes looks like tiny ducklings they are sooo cute!

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  2. They are starting to make feathers, that must be itchy for them!

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  3. Awwww . These are just so cute & cuddly ! They remind me of that movie "Fly Away Home" where the little girl rescues, & raises the geese. And then helps them migrate. You are going to miss them, Jane. In the last millennium I had rescued an injured baby pigeon & a sparrow (at different times). And the pigeon grew too big for it's basket (with lid, used during night time only), that it lost a few feathers at the top ... then it simply stayed on the dressing table with 3-way mirror, thinking it had a companion. They were family, sitting on our laps, etc. Finally left them to fly away. Hate caged animals ;-/ I have the sparrow's cheeps on tape still !

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    1. I love the idea of the pigeon thinking he had companions I the mirror! We raised an owl a few years ago, who then returned to the wild. It was never in a cage either.

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    2. The funny part was that at first it did not like it's reflection & would peck at the mirror, obviously thinking it was a rival or predator. Only later, did it become a 'companion' & it would cozy up between the mirror panels & go to sleep :-)
      I have a photo of the dear sitting on my knee as I wrote notes while studying !
      Beautiful memories ....

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  4. Well done, they look well and well fed, you are doing a great job
    Margaret

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  5. You have made a good home for them, have you given them all names yet?

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    1. No, they're rather difficult to tell apart!

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  6. When our ducks were babies we took them in the shower every 2 days. They would keep running under the spray and then down other end to shake it off and keep repeating until we took them out again. I do miss my babies x

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