|Nine Weeks Old|
They now happily enjoy going outside of the pen to forage, and have learned to make quite a racket when feeding time comes. Blackie is definitely the quackiest. According to information I had read, I thought that the Cayuga ducks (Blackie) were supposed to be quite calm, but not this one! Whitey is beautiful and the most photogenic. Harley and Quinn, the Welsh Harlequins, are quite calm and steady--if I look closely, I can tell them apart. The runners, Cocoa and Fawn, are cute--I expected them to be taller, but perhaps they haven't finished growing. It's nice having different colors, shapes and sizes, after previously getting ducks of the same breed.
In the past we have added lighting to the duck house in an attempt to get them to lay eggs as early as possible, but this time we don't plan to add the lighting: we will let nature take its course and take the eggs when we get them. I expect to see eggs sometime around February, when the ducks are fully mature, spring is coming and they're ready to lay.