Sunday, January 30, 2011

Our six pet duckies - a bucket of water 2

videoAnother 30 sec video of our six pet duckies washing faces in a warm bucket of water. They really love water and to wash their faces. Beau (in the back) was pouting because I had picked him up when he did not feel like being petted. the ducks arw getting a bit tempermental as they approach breeding maturity.

our six pet duckies play and preen 01-30-2011

videoAnother look at our six pet duckies as they finish up washing thier faces in a warm bucket of water at "bedtime". The end of video has a really good shot of our Cayugas Queenie and Darrick (our black ducks). They have a green and purple sheen to their feathers.

duckies 01-30-2011

Keelynn (in front - duck hen Welsh Harlequin) with Darrick (Cayuga drake - black) and Missy (white Pekin duck hen).

Kouta

Kouta, our biggest boy... our Pekin drake. He is a very big duck.

Beau

Beau, our beautiful Welsh Harlequin drake.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Our Duckies have been outside for a couple of months now. They are doing well. We have had several snow falls and they have handled it fine.  Our duck avairy is about 90% finished and the duck house is about 95% done. Both are functional and provide a safe place for our duckies to roam and play.

In the spring we will re-do the avairy netting supports (it was partially collaped from the snow) and the roof of the house is only temporaryly attached but stays on and protects the house. This is another project for the spring.

We put them into the duck house every night, for protection from the weather and also to get them in the habit being put up by us, in case of any other dangers.

Two of our boys are the best of buddies, our large sweet pekin drake (Kouta) and our runt the small cayuga (Darrick). These two are almost always together. Darrick's favorite food is alfalfa leaves. His mate Queenie, the other black duck (a cayuga) has one white feather. This is funny because the cayugas' feathers turn white as they age, but it's not supposed to happen untill they are atleast 2 years old. Our Welsh Harlequin are sweet and quiet and beautiful and very shy. They do love us and will occationally still eat out of our hands. Beau and Keelyn both were less affectionate/"touchy" than the others, but they are both very sweet and love to be talked to. Miss Adventure (Missy) is our bossy loud mouth duck, who has most definately established herself as #1 in the pecking order.

One of my favorite things is being welcomed by them in the morning. They recognize us and each other mostly by sound so the morning welcome is a joy. They quack loudly and we talk back to them. They are also much much more social in the mornings and crave attention when they first are let out of their house. If we are in a big rush, they get upset if we just let them out and give them fresh water and food and just go. They really much prefer to have us stay and sit and talk with them while they run and pretend to fly and streatch. They will come up to us and talk and sweetly gently preen us as well.

Below are some pictures of when we put them up for the night. Tonight we have cardboard on the floor to protect it from the food and water they fling around with cedar chips on the other side. Usually we have the house full of cedar chips filling the whole thing. They prefer that is more comfortable and they like to "forage" in them at night. We have a heat lamp in the house that in the winter is on every night. And it keeps it warm.