One of my reader’s and farmingfriends, Lorraine sent me some photos of her lovely Khaki Campbell ducklings with her very interesting email;
Hi Sara Here are a few pics of my lovely ducklings. They are pretty messy and we moved them last weekend at 2 weeks old from the brooder box in my Utility Room which they were out growing fast to a large rabbit pen we have which we took into the garage. Keeping the heat lamp on for a bit as only sign of feathers so far is their tails but they grow bigger every day. Am guessing they may need a few more weeks in the garage though but they have fun running around the big pen and don’t spend much time under the
The duckling we helped hatch is still smaller than the others – we named her/him Titch but very healthy. Attached photo shows Titch after the hatch when it was quite poorly. Incidentally returning one of the ducklings from the brooder in beside Titch in the incubator really perked the sickly duckling up! 3 are brown, 1 is light brown and gold and the other was a real surprise as he is black and bright yellow. Sox had orange beak and feet when he hatched but beak is now pink though his feet are still orange. Not sure at all that this one is a Khaki Campbell but I am hoping he/she keeps these lovely colourings.
I pop them in the bath every evening and they are such fun to watch.
For anyone who hasn’t kept ducks before yes they are messy but somehow they are such fun that you don’t seem to mind all the cleaning up after them. Would you believe we actually bought new lino to put in the pen – needed something that would be easy to clean out. A tip for anyone, they splash water everywhere when drinking, we now have proper poultry and seed feeders but they still splash – we bought a large tray from Garden Centre cover it with kitchen paper towel and put the drinker on top it keeps the water they splash under control and saves them slipping about.
Lucy is the light brown and gold Daisy is the brown one in with Lucy in the pic of 2 ducklings in the incubator Charlie is the smaller brown one – an amazing underwater swimmerSox is the black and yellow surprise Titch – the smallest who we literally chipped out of the egg,
They are all much bigger now but been too busy cleaning and caring for them to get recent photos!
Posted a question re health ie been reading on Internet that I should buy stuff like Red Mite Powder for use when they are outside and also some stuff about how they can get lice!! Hope not! Any advice, tips appreciated. I’ve ordered a beginners book on how to care for ducks which should arrive anyday so that should help too.
Thanks for the info and think the website is great. Hope your ducklings are all doing well. I’m looking forward to learning who is male and female and it’s fun guessing as they grow and change!
I was delighted to receive this interesting and informative email and it’s great to see Lorraine’s ducklings. If you would like to share your duckling photos then leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
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