by Jen on February 28, 2012
So, something I learned recently is that winter is mating season for ducks. Which would explain why our lone drake has been harassing not only his girlfriend, but also the chickens.
In an attempt to help settle the drake, we decided he needed a few more girls to hang out with so we ordered 5 ducklings. However, the company we ordered the ducklings from uses male chicks for warmth with small orders. We weren’t planning on raising chicks again, since we’re still within city limits and there are ordinances regulating that kind of thing. Until Matt pointed out that chickens are darn good eatin’ (so he didn’t say those exact words) but the point is, we decided to keep them and raise them as meat birds.
The box of chicks & ducklings arrived the last weekend of January, and for the most part, everyone is doing pretty well. There have been a few issues, but it seems as though everything has settled out for the moment.
Here are a few pictures, because baby birds are cute.
They’re all much bigger now, but we’ve been busy around here. And we’re passing around a cold and taking turns having sick days. I’ll try to get some bigger pictures posted sometime so you can see just how much they’ve grown.