Friday, May 17, 2013
Here come the ducks!
These ducks grew very quickly. We had them in the garage in the duel sided pen from last year (see June 19, 2012 on this blog). However, because they grew quickly, we put them outside at three weeks of age.
Everything I have read says ducks have to stay warm, but ours have always been kept at 60 to 70 degrees since day one. Moving them outside actually was warmer than the garage pen. The cold has no effect on them. However, when the mercury hit 88 degrees one day, they were panting significantly. I sprayed the tarp on their cage down and wet the ground to help cool them. Mornings when it's 45 degrees they are out peeping roaming around the pen.
To the bottom right, this is one of their first days out.
You can just see their wings starting to feather out. They look so funny with the tiny little wings--almost like arms! They are also getting more white with each passing day. Unlike the ducks last year, these are not as friendly. They will come over when I talk to them, but only cautiously. They also lay down a lot, especially when they seem frightened.
My game cam caught another fox cruising about after dark. So far, this has been the only one.
I will update periodically.