Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The ducklings are growing

ducklings June 13 1

The above photo is of the ducklings that hatched at the start of the month. They were about three days old when I took the photo. Now look at the following picture of the same ducklings taken this morning, about 2 weeks later.

ducklings June 13 2

What a difference a fortnight makes! They are growing so quickly that we may have to find an even bigger brooder cage for them before we move them to the allotment where they will join their parents. Like all ducks, they are very messy and need to be cleaned out every day. They are getting through 3 or 4 tubs of duckling crumb feed a day and drink large amounts of water, getting though about 4 litres a day.

They will be making a guest appearance at the Whickham Community Festival on 29th June. There will be a medieval theme so there will be a "village duck pond" though the ducklings will be in a large cage on the grass. The following day they go to Marley Hill Community Centre's "Sunday in the Centre" event. They will be in a cage outside the building and kids will be able to enter a competition to name them.

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