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Watching the Ducks Grow Up

from Chris

As I’d mentioned last week, I tried my hand this spring at raising some ducks for Stevenson Ridge’s pond. We’ve had a few questions about the ducks since then, so let me take you back in time to Tuesday, May 23, when the ducks first arrived. I received a call from the post office at 4:30 a.m., inviting me to come on down and pick up my ducklings. They arrived in a box smaller than a shoebox.

Ducks-First pic

I had already built a brooder in my garage, complete with a heat lamp so they could keep warm (that’s why the lighting is red).

Ducks-day one

Each duckling was about the size of a lemon.

 

Ducks-day two

 

Ducks grow fast, and within a couple weeks, I had to double the size of the brooder. By mid-June, their feathers had developed enough that they could stay warm while swimming. In the driveway, Jennifer and I set up a baby pool enclosed in a plastic baby playpen. Each day, we carried the ducks out to the baby pool to let them practice swimming, get exercise, and clean themselves up.

Ducks-outside

 

And yes, if you were wondering, ducks DO take to water. 😉

If you look at the pictures, you’ll see just how fast they’ve grown!