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Hentastic treats

I suppose this is a bit of an unsolicited testimonial for a product called Hentastic Foraging Cake. They’re little “peck-a-block” type chicken treats, but very simply made with wheat, vegetable oil, and herbs.

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Goodbye to the ducklings

This is a slightly sad posting on two counts. First, after the early hatch of three ducklings, we had no more. Two more eggs pipped, and one of those almost made it, but the remaining five just didn’t start to hatch. I’ve asked advice on the specialist forums, and it may be that the humidity levels programmed into the incubator were insufficient.

Second, we’ve had to hand them over to their owner. It’s inevitable that you get sentimentally attached to cute fluffy creatures, even ones as messy as ducklings!

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Fuzzy duck

Three ducklings had hatched by this morning. A fourth had started to emerge, but sadly it looks as if it hasn’t made it. Six eggs to go.

We transferred the three into the brooder under the nice warm electric hen. They are much less lively than the chicks we hatched a month ago. They didn’t take much interest in the food and water until later in the day, and they don’t scamper about as much. Maybe that’s just one of the differences between chickens and ducks!

Here they are earlier on, huddled in the corner because I’d briefly lifted the electric hen for a photo opportunity.

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