Ducklings' first swim
Our ducklings quickly outgrew their dabbling dish, so I figured they were big enough to swim.
Mark added a door to their brooder
Friday, but I wanted to wait until I could monitor them before letting
the ducks into their pond. Here I am carrying the ducklings from
their temporary bin back to the relocated brooder on Friday afternoon.
The youngsters weren't so
sure they wanted to come out at first, but putting their dabbling dish
right outside the door quickly changed the ducklings' minds.
They're so big now that they can't even pretend to swim in the dish,
though, so I scooted the the container a little closer to the pond to
tempt the ducklings beyond their comfort zone.
"Oh my gosh, is all of that water?!" one exclaimed.
Plop, plop, plop --- soon
every duckling was in the drink. Mark had wondered if ducklings
need to learn to swim --- the answer is no. These guys have
already started oiling their feathers due to their early dunking, so
even though they were skittish of the big expanse of pond, they had no
problem staying afloat. They also cleaned up the duckweed in short
order. I'm going to have to dig another sky pond to stock up on
duckweed before I'm entirely cleaned out!
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