Ducks & ducklings

Agricultre, birth, death, Ducks, PoultryComments (3)

A few weeks ago, I ordered some duck eggs online. 6 came, and I put some of my own in too. The eggs were due to hatch this week, which they did, with mixed results.

I was a little concerned with the eggs, bought off eBay, as the packaging was damaged in transit.

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Nevertheless, in they went, and four weeks later, out pops this wee one

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In the meantime, Innes and I had been busy getting things ready for the adult ducks. They’ve been roaming around for a while, but plans were afoot to get them penned up permanently. Firstly, we dug in the paddling pool for them.

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Then this week, I had Feisean nan Gaidheal’s Coig Latha group visit on Tuesday. They helped build the run for them, as well as learn lots about all the different animals.

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So the ducklings have now hatched

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And will be in the brooder for the next wee while, nice and cosy. 4 of them made it out alive, while a further 3 died during the hatching process. I’m not sure why the mortality rate was so high, but I fear a couple of power cuts in the latter days may have had something to do with it.

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Soon enough, they’ll be able to join the rest in the run – happy days!

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April 13, 2014

3 Responses to Ducks & ducklings

  1. Mary says:

    So cute and precious.

  2. Interesting.. I have had someone contact me and want me to send eggs to them. But I don’t trust the post service and I don’t know how to get my money for them. Where did u get the foam packaging ?

    • sweenyness says:

      They came in polystyrene packaging. These ones weren’t as well packaged as others I’ve had. I’ve had 2 deliveries from @chickenstreet on twitter, and they’ve been well packaged and no issues. I’m not sure where the packaging comes from, maybe ask him? He has a blog too

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