The Life of a Duck at the Stonehaven Farm

I love ducks.  They are sweet and friendly birds, and they lead a very good life here.

Ducks can come to the farm one of two ways:  they can fly in from the Sand Hill Preservation Center in Iowa – they catch the plane in the afternoon and are delivered express mail to the farm the next day around noon;

or they can be hatched in an incubator I set up here in the house. Hatching is a messy business as you can see.

The ducklings dry off in the incubator.

“Wow, I made it!”

The following two days are spent in a  box in the house so I can watch to make sure they’re all eating and drinking and doing well.

Next they go out to a 50 gallon watering trough in the shed.

Pretty soon they can go outside during the day to eat grass and get fresh air returning to the shed at night.
One of the most exciting events of a duckling’s life is the first bath.  I put the pan full of water out, and they all crowd around wondering what it is.  First they drink, a brave one jumps in, then they all jump in.

Finally, at around 15 weeks the ducks are fully grown and move out to the red house which is their permanent home.  The ducks lay eggs, the drakes laze about, and they all keep playing in the water.

One Response

  1. Philip & Sharon says:

    Wonderful photos — they are just ducky.

    Thanks for sharing.

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