Today we got the first of three new ducks with babies that will be joining us. The 4 babies are one week old today, and their mother is very very protective of them! We built a short (waist high) addition to the duck run to house the mother and babies. It't 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, covered on the sides and top with chicken wire, with a barrel filled wit hay (on its side) for their sleeping space. For now, the other (teenager) ducks cannot get in with the mother and babies. When they grow enough, we'll cut a doorway between the two pens and let them mix with each other. Ducks grow very very fast (compared to chickens, anyway), so it won't be long before they'll be able to be in the larger run.
The other two duck hens are still sitting - but one has already started hatching her babies. As of this morning there were 7 hatched, with 4 more eggs to go. We should get that mother and babies in about 2 weeks (Lord knows where we're going to put them all - we'll figure it out, though.) The third hen is sitting on 10 eggs. We could conceivably have a LOT of ducks by the time this is all said and done. Carlin's going to hate me because of all the construction going on around here lately (if he doesn't already!
Several folks have already asked if we plan to sell ducks. The answer, of course, is yes. I'm thinking not only will I be able to get some small income from my hens' eggs (chicken and duck) and goat milk - but some live animal sales as well.
It was a good day here.