I thought as it's Easter I'd post up some duck pictures. We incubated the eggs because Indian runners tend not to sit on the eggs themselves because the light levels in this country are too low.They nearly all hatched so I felt a proud Mum, turning the eggs every so often so the chicks inside don't get stuck to one side of the shell. It's always sad when one doesn't make it. You're not supposed to help them out of their shells because the process of tapping their way out strengthens their neck muscles and with such long necks later in life they do need to be able to hold them up. However I did help a couple on their way who just looked as if they'd given up with all that effort. Being a mother duck you have to introduce them to water to make them waterproof. They are very funny when you put them in the bath and run the water(cold). They all end up looking like balls of wet cotton wool. Next time you put them in their waterproofing mechanism has kicked in and they swim around splashing and paddling fast with their little feet looking really pleased with themselves.
|Easter ducklings waiting for water in the bath|
|Easter ducklings a few days old|
|The garden at Easter last time!|
|Those naughty ducks running away from a huge chocolate egg one of them has just laid.|