We Have Ducklings
Our little "farm-family" is growing and we're having so much fun watching and learning.
If you are a long time blog reader and vlog watcher, you know that we have been raising a pair of ducks. We purchased them as ducklings about a year ago, along with our chickens. The ducklings were a perfect pair, one female and one male. Late last summer, the female started laying eggs. She wasn't very consistent at first, an egg every day or so. Then winter came, and she really did lay very much at all.
However, she became very regular in February with an egg a day. This was great, in that we were able to use some of the eggs in Amy's baking, while sharing the eggs with some friends. But towards the end of February, we had a plan. We wanted to try to hatch some of our duck eggs.
As March rolled in, we started setting aside a couple duck eggs. We went online and ordered an inexpensive incubator. We wasn't sure if it was going to work, but we wanted to try. Since we had a male and a female, we knew we were getting fertilized eggs. The incubator arrived. We did our research. Then we went to work.
We placed 5 eggs into the incubator, and thought, here we go!
Now here we are, a number of weeks later and we are so excited to have some new friends!
On the Thursday after Easter, we said hello to our first duckling. (He's the one on the left.) We were thrilled that we were able to actually hatch one of the eggs. Then we lost two eggs. I thought, this might not good as well as I thought. We then had 2 eggs left. The one egg I knew had a chance. As we got closer to its hatching date, we could watch the egg rock back and forth as the little duck inside moved.
Once again, I wasn't sure this one would make it, but this past Wednesday afternoon, our second little duckling emerged from it's egg, 6 days after it's sibling. This is the duckling on the right. And yes it's little.
Two little ducklings. They are so cute. But we still had one more egg in the incubator. The question was, will it hatch? There was no movement. No pipping. No rocking. Guest we're going to just have to wait and see.
Then, all of a sudden...
Friday evening we went to one of our son's baseball games. When we came home, we were shocked to find our third little friend.
Look, he's posing.
We still have a number of eggs to hatch. When they do, we will be looking for a few loving homes willing to care for this cute little friends!
- the higham family
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