Farming forum: Ducks

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 23, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Dot and Dash, my pair of Ancona ducks hatched 7 little ones. She had 8 eggs, and one didn't quite make it out of the shell. I tried to get a picture of all of them, but they are running around like crazy having a good time, so I didn't get them all in one shot. I was surprised to see how helpful the drake (Dash) was while hatching. He went in the nest too and would brood the ones that were hatched while the hen kept incubating the remaining eggs. He still helps keep them warm. He's a good daddy!
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 24, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Here's some more baby duck pictures.
Taking a nap. I think you can count all seven on these pictures. When they are awake, they are running all over catching bugs and playing. I can watch them for a long time and enjoy them.
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 24, 2015 10:26 AM CST
There's nothing much cuter than a duckling.
Porkpal
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 24, 2015 12:25 PM CST
I agree The only thing cuter than a duckling is 7 ducklings! Thumbs up
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 24, 2015 2:21 PM CST
I haven't raised ducks in years, and the last ones I had were Muscovy. I forgot how active they are. This hen is a great egg layer. The first year she produced an egg all but 5 days. the second year she dropped down some, and this year was doing quite well, but of course once I let her keep them she stopped when the nest was full.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 27, 2015 3:08 AM CST
awww, those are so CUTE!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Oh my are they ever cute. Thumbs up
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 27, 2015 8:14 PM CST
- And I'll bet they are already twice as big as in those photos; ducks grow so fast.I think we need an update.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jul 27, 2015 11:59 PM CST

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Awwwww so sweet Tom!! Thumbs up
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 28, 2015 11:23 AM CST
They are getting bigger every day. It's so fun to watch them. I'll have to take some more pictures.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 28, 2015 12:12 PM CST
Yes, you will!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 29, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Here's some pictures from this morning.
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jul 29, 2015 9:02 AM CST

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Thumbs up Lovey dubby
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 30, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Little cutie fluffy butts! Hilarious! Thumbs up
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 30, 2015 2:09 PM CST
They're growing so fast.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 30, 2015 5:38 PM CST
I had a scare tonight, when I went out to feed the horses I checked on the ducks and there was a little one stuck in the water and couldn't get out. I could see at a glance that it was in lots of trouble. I ran in and took him out, he was pretty week and could hardly walk. I put him in a sunny spot and kept checking on him. He began to preen a bit and clean himself up. Still had a hard time walking. About an hour later he was snuggled in a cluster with the sibling and mom, and later when I checked I couldn't tell which one it was they were all running about eating like nothing happened.

They have been jumping in and out of the water for several days now, so I wasn't worried I guess this one hadn't and didn't know how to get out. Guess I need to take that out of there until they are bigger. Maybe put some bricks in there for steps to get in and out. I'm really glad he made it.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jul 30, 2015 5:42 PM CST
That was a lucky break that you happened to see him needing help.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 30, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Awwww, happy ending!
Porkpal
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 31, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Yup, it's doing fine today. I took out that water trough until they get bigger.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 2:13 PM CST
tveguy3 said:Yup, it's doing fine today. I took out that water trough until they get bigger.


Good idea!

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