Monday, 12 November 2012

Two Weeks Old

The Ducklings are two weeks old and growing strongly, the extra living space allows them to move away from under the lamp and not to overheat. I take them to the bath 4 times a day and allow them up to an hour to eat and play around, this simulates what the mother would be doing in the wild,(if the food and summer temperatures were there). In another week their oil glands should be working, and this will allow them to completely waterproof their feathers, needed to keep out the cold. The lamp gets raised higher each week to gradually let them get used to more normal temperatures. When they are fully waterproofed and acclimatised they can be moved into the coop and let outdoors. (Short video of morning bath time below)

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