New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat May 25, 2019 6:31 pm

Fabulous pictures, Alan.....and the flock increases.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Westi » Sat May 25, 2019 7:49 pm

They grow so fast don't they? Very cute at this scruffy stage.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sat May 25, 2019 8:35 pm

Westi wrote:They grow so fast don't they? Very cute at this scruffy stage.


Scruffy is what I call them affectionately as long as they're replacing their fluff with final feathering.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Mon May 27, 2019 1:13 pm

If you're sick of chick pics, I think I will be posting some duckling pics by the end of the week!
The Welsh Harlequin eggs are due to hatch in three days and my son tells me he can hear "cheeping" from the 17 eggs in the incubator. A promising sign, so fingers crossed for a good hatch.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Mon May 27, 2019 3:55 pm

And we will look forward to seeing them too.....
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Westi » Mon May 27, 2019 7:00 pm

Alan, you are going to have so many birds, so many eggs or is the plan to sell on the chicks - or is this the start of the Egg Enterprise? I also look forward to seeing the pics of the ducklings - too cute!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Stephen » Mon May 27, 2019 10:45 pm

I suspect Alan is recreating "Chicken Run"
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Tue May 28, 2019 12:33 pm

Alan. It,s half term week. Perhaps you should open up your hen and duck area for a kids petting or watching area. You'd probably be inundated with mums wanting to buy your eggs and a good opportunity to get them to try duck eggs.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Tue May 28, 2019 8:06 pm

Things are moving now. Four of the ducklings hatched so far and drying off in the incubator. Looking very active and lively. There should be more tomorrow. Then it will be off to the brooder. Happy day!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Wed May 29, 2019 7:10 am

Can't resist posting this. Many more hatched overnight. Thirteen very active ducklings so far.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby robo » Wed May 29, 2019 8:23 am

I love duck eggs but our council rules won't allow us to keep them on the plot , you are doing well alan
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby retropants » Wed May 29, 2019 11:48 am

I'm fascinated watching the progress! great pics Alan.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Wed May 29, 2019 11:52 am

There are now 14 and already they're out of the incubator and in the brooder running and jumping, eating and drinking like mad things!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Wed May 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Here they are in the brooder. Sorry about the colour, but at the moment they are under the infra-red lamp. Later they will be under the heated brooder (the yellow thing on the right).
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Westi » Wed May 29, 2019 6:50 pm

Adorable Alan!

No tutting now everyone - but Alan, do the ducklings also imprint on the first thing they see like a chicken? When I did my school zoology class we all took a hen's egg home to hatch. It was amazing when we walked into class along the corridor - all these big feet & these wee yellow fluff balls all knew which were theirs & well good at dodging as well. As I recall they lost that bond quite quickly & went back to the guy that gave the school the eggs eventually.
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