Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Sunday, July 7, 2013 9:57 PM
This afternoon, Mary took her little ones out for their first walk about. I decided to let Spanky and Bonnie in for a little visit as they had been hanging out next to the pen most of the day talking to Mary every time she poked her head out of the nesting house.
I was happy to see that except for a couple little exploratory nips, Spanky was not aggressive towards his offspring at all. Bonnie made a bee line for the nesting house and happily munched down on several cracked shells. Afterwards, they both settled down inside the pen for a rest as if that's where they were supposed to be all along. Unfortunately I had to kick them out after a while, just in case...
Mary settled down with the little ones in a far corner of the pen. Once I was positive she wasn't going to return to the nest, I removed the nesting house and the five remaining unhatched eggs. I broke down the nest and brought in an extra large crate filled with fresh hay, food, and water. It only took a little coaxing this evening to get her and the ducklings inside for the night. I figure it's better safe than sorry until they are a bit bigger.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot The final count is eleven little fluffy balls of cuteness. Congratulations to Mary for a job well done!