Hello Friends! Welcome to the Campfire at Willow Manor Urban Farm!
It has felt like ducky day care!
I feel responsible for ensuring that my duck charges are not only well fed but educated.
The ducks were placed outside under my watchful eye yesterday. Opportunist birds will kill and eat them. In fact, a turkey buzzard waited patiently in the sky, for a wrong move on my part.
They apparently only scavenge, but I was taking no chances.
So, I did multiple things to get my birds acclimated. I reaaranged the “water park” bricks so they would have to solve how to get out of the water after swimming.
I noticed with my last, donated flock that the birds had to be shown how to get in and out of some water sources and I do not believe that is necessary if you help them think at a young age.
Next on my list was foraging. According to the internet, Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers. I placed dandilion, weeds, and grass clippings in the water so they could try their hand at it. I ensured crumble was available all day to ensure they had the caloric intake necessary for all of the new exploration and adventure.
After a couple hours of this, it was time for the big pool. They did swimmingly well in adjusting to the new environment, just what I am looking for.
I steadily increased the difficulty of the brick arraignment so the birds would need to leap out of the water to get on dry land. My little charges seemed to make a game out of it and out do eachother. I am greatful that they found it entertaining as it helps muscular development in the hip area.
The introduction to Trumpet went surprisingly well. In the picture above, you can see her in the distance taking an afternoon soak. I do not have pictures of the introduction as I was justifiably fearful she would bite them and I wanted to be prepared to act.
Trumpet was quite motherly, and cried for them when I took them out of the pool. I am glad she wants them around.
After our nifty adventures, I put them to bed. They appeared relieved at the familiar surroundings and also a little disappointed. Intuition and reading thier body language tells me this. It is not science, but I have noticed that sometimes animals react in ways we can understand.
If you enjoy these reads about the ducklings, let me know in the comments below. If it is getting old, let me know as well! I am very excited about them.
Cassa Bassa, I did not forget about a foraging video. Thank you for the suggestion!