New Silver Appleyard Females in the brooder!

Picked up 4 silver Appleyard females that are almost 7 weeks old yesterday! They are in the brooder for the week and will hopefully get to go out into the foraging yard next weekend after my khaki girls have been able to run around for a bit there themselves so it’s a more neutral meeting space. If all goes well, I will be picking up a couple of Indian Runner mixes that are 2 years old an already laying the following weekend to transfer to the brooder for a week and then slowly integrate. That way I will get eggs for the summer! 🙂

See new silver Appleyard ladies below!

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Ducks 6.5 weeks and their new fenced run!

I was finally able to put up the fence and gate this weekend for the outdoor foraging space. I wrapped it around my outdoor fenced space that the dogs have so that the ducks can eat all the bugs and keep them from the dogs. They are natural pest control 😀

The ducks are in their outdoor pens with the pool now and will be there about a week. Next weekend, I plan to open the door and let them wonder out in the foraging space and then let the new silver Appleyard females out of their brooder and into the yard as well.

Hopefully there will be no issues since everyone is still pretty young and about the same age. Hoping they will accept eachother easily. 🙏

Pics below!

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Ducklings 5 weeks old!

Yesterday, May 16th they turned 5 weeks old! Getting closer to fully feathered and moving out to the outside pens and having their pool filled! Last weekend it was really warm so I put up a barrier and opened the big garage door so that they could get some air, but I knew there was some chilly weather coming so they couldn’t have a pool yet. They can get easily chilled when they aren’t fully feathered.

Some photos below also of their new outdoor pens. Most of the predator proofing is done (lots of hardware cloth on the steel pens!) however I still have to cover sharp pieces with duct tape, build their pool deck, and put their tarp and bedding into the duck house/shed. It’s coming along though!

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Ducklings Week 3!

The girls are officially over 3 weeks old now and growing fast! They are starting to get feathers too 🙂 It even sounds like some are starting to quack a bit. They moved out to the much bigger garage brooder this weekend and have plenty of room to run around now. They are enjoying pooping in their pool even though there’s no water in it yet. Lol!

Waiting on putting water in the pool until they are a bit bigger and it’s warmer outside.

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