Ducklings in the brooder

There’s a parallel with having children here. You forget just how fast they grow!

Only a day or two old, the ducklings are thriving. The pictures are taken a little distance from the brooder so as not to frighten them. The cardboard wall is to prevent too much Aubiose from being kicked out onto the floor!

Maybe if we huddle in the corner and ignore the big scary humans, they'll go away!

Maybe if we huddle in the corner and ignore the big scary humans, they’ll go away!


We introduce them to the water and food by dipping their bills in.  They soon catch on.

We introduce them to the water and food by dipping their bills in. They soon catch on.

A rare opportunity to picture all seven of them.

A rare opportunity to picture all seven of them.

Within 24 hours the bolder ones have scrambled onto the electric hen.  Happiness is a warm btm!

Within 24 hours the bolder ones have scrambled onto the electric hen. Happiness is a warm btm!

One reason that ducklings are so much messier than chicks is that they must drink in order to swallow.  So a mouthful of chick crumbs ...

One reason that ducklings are so much messier than chicks is that they must drink in order to swallow. So a mouthful of chick crumbs …

... and across to the drinker, dropping some food on the way ...

… and across to the drinker, dropping some food on the way …

... and a lovely drink of water to wash it all down!

… and a lovely drink of water to wash it all down!

One response to “Ducklings in the brooder

  1. Gorgeous! Aren’t the Electric Hens fab, so much better (nearer natural) than a heat lamp. I lovei it when our chicks first learn to get up on it. We attach ours to the ceiling, so no legs. It’s easier to adjust that way, and the chicks seem to like the swinging!

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