A springtime surprise!

Remember our duck who was sitting on some eggs?  Well, she surprised us all last night when we noticed her eggs had hatched! It serves me right for saying she was a such a lousy sitter! There are 5 of THE MOST cutest ducklings I've ever seen... with tiny little orange beaks and black eyes and all of that uncoordination that goes along with ducklings...from getting rolled out of the nest and flapping uncontrollably to find a way back in, to trying in vain to snap at a passing fly and scurrying after the family, when one has realised it has been left behind on the grass in a daydream.

So cute!


.....here they all are marching back to the nest after mamma............



Did I mention they are SO cute??!!

Comments

  1. oooo! So cute. One of my hens is sitting on eggs. I can't wait!

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  2. Oh they are gorgeous Christine, Congrats. I love the uncoordinated comical way little ducklings move!

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  3. Soooo cute!!! What a star that mama duck is!

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  4. In South Africa the words are: "Agh Shame" i.e. "so cute"!

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  5. I think I want a duck now. I thought we had enough pets until I saw those beautiful ducklings!
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  6. Christine they are terribly cute! Can you do weekly duck up dates?! So sweet and fuzzy!
    Now I have to ask...you being a good sustainable kinda gal...would you...nahhh...maybe...you know what I mean :-/

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  7. Oh they are way too cute!! Good thing my kids are not looking over my shoulder at the moment or they would be begging for a duck too.

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  8. I adore ducklings and their little cold feet - you've made me smile! Thanks for the lovely pics Christine.

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  9. awwww Bless Christine, aren't these buba ducks gawjus - congratulations, seems like Mama Duck new best..

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  10. Thankyou all! I'm so delighted you are as excited as we are! They are so cute...all soft and fuzzy! They are doing well...even with the cold weather and rain - mama has them wading through streams, scrambling through long grass and foraging for food under bushes. They huddle together when cold and I'm sure they've already grown a lot since hatching. I watch in fascination at how the mum behaves with them, instinct is an extraordinary thing!!

    Brydie - I think I know what you're asking...and the answer is .....nah! Not yet! There are sure to be boys in amongst the ducklings and unfortunately we cannot keep them all - we will keep the girls for eggs. Boys/drakes would make ideal homegrown meat but I just can't go there, not yet!! That was what you were asking, wasn't it?

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  11. Yep. That's what I was thinking...dinner. Hows that for being a poop. Everyone says how lovely they are and I ask if they are going on your plate.
    In an ideal world I would like to get up to that stage, being able to rear, knock them off and eat, BUT I know it would be hard....plus I think I need to move before we embark on things like that!
    one last thought....
    peking duck Xxx

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  12. I"ve just found your blog. I got up to this point and decided I had to comment. I also have 5 ducklings. They are now one month old all survived so far. No foxes here. The main predator that i fear is snakes and we do have predatory birds but they've evaded them all somehow. But yes, i do understand your rapture. Mine is actually growing because i've got a runt that is a fraction of the size of the others and seems to have a dodgy eye but she continues to be as adorable as she was as a baby. I think its the vulnerability. I wish i had a movie camera to take little clips but i gave my camera that could do it to my sister. Oh well. Here's some pictures of them on their first day... http://www.photoblog.com/shangrila/2010/12/04/ducklings-birth-day-12-november-2010.html


    Incidentally, if you look back through the previous posts (using the thumbnails, you will see that i am using your system. THANK YOU! Though i am not using the chook domes at this point. I can't remember what date I posted my starting the mandala garden but i only built it this year so its not too far back in the blog. Might be september.

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  13. Ooops sorry, i just realised that you are not Linda Woodrow. I came to your blog from hers, hence the stupid mistake. Excuse me. It still lovely to see your blog and i have put it on my google page now. Sunburn

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