As for the ducklings and chicks, they are growing and doing very well. The ducklings seem to be growing very fast but not getting much as far as feathers, only a few straggly ones on their tales which aren't true feathers. The chicks are fully feathered on their wings and getting some back feathers as well. The ducks are just now starting to make some small "quack" noises. They aren't very loud yet but in a week or so I am guessing they will all be quacking away. We have been having some issues with the waterer. The ducks sure do make a big mess with the water. We opened up their area to include the dog crate and an area between the pool and crate for the waterer and put cardboard on the floor with some sprinkled chips. So far this has helped and we no longer have a small pool full of soaked wood chips and chick/duckling poop... it smelled to say the least. Now I simply remove some cardboard boxes covered in the wet wood chips and replace with clean fresh boxes.
|They have decided that they prefer the crate, although they do venture back into the pool often.|
Our older 4 chicks are outside in our old small coop and doing well. They have a small run which is enough for them for the time being. They get to roost in the coop, scratch and peck around in the grass and dust bath in the chip dust so their lives are fulfilled for the time being. In a few weeks they will need more space to spread their wings but hopefully when that time comes we will have the big coop finished. Then the younger flock will head outside into the small coop until big enough to be with the older birds. Once in the small coop I can put out a nice pool for the ducks to really go for a swim!
|Mr. Roo Man!|