Saturday, June 27, 2015

New House & Paddock

The ducks continue to grow, and are a lot of fun to watch.  They’ve been in their new house and paddock area for about a week and a half now.  They’ve got a small kiddie pool, and we gradually increased their “pool time” each day, until we began giving them free choice pool time about 5 days ago. There are bricks around the side, and a big rock inside, to give them easy access in and out.  They are frequently in the pool. It’s been fun to watch them dive under water, even though it’s only about 6-8” deep, but now I think they’re getting too big for that. Soon we will need to graduate to the larger pool.

The ducks are beginning to grow feathers in spots. The little one with the pink bill shown in this post now is turning to a blotchy grey & pink bill, but I still call her "Pinky". This Cascade is the lightest in color. They are all quite a variety of shades of brown. The males are getting a more distinctive look; their necks are light in color with darker heads, and their bills are yellow with a dark spot on the tip. 

Their cute house is almost complete. They are living in it now full time, but I'm holding off on adding a photo until it's done. At night they are locked into the house, and the yard is secured as well. I think it would be quite difficult for a predator to get to them. (More on house and yard later.)  I find I don't have much time to write posts, and this one will be post-dated to reflect the correct timing of photos and events.

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