On last Thursday, June 2nd, our female Cayuga duck presented us with two brand new little ducklings.
They are about as big as (fuzzy) field mice.
Yesterday, when they were one day old, she brought them out of the shelter into the big green world. The temperature didn't get above the mid-50s all day, and the grass was saturated with dew nearly all morning, but the tiny little things stayed out all day even taking a couple of short swims in the pond.
We were working in and around the garden all day, which is next to the poultry pasture, and we rarely saw the little ducklings stop to rest. They were like little wind-up toys and Mama Cayuga never gathered them to her to warm them up or seem to be too concerned.
It was moving day yesterday for the teen-aged goslings also. We put them in a new area which has a common fence with the poultry pasture. The adult geese and the teenagers all spent some time getting to know each other in an up-close and personal way.
Those are two of the adult geese on the right with Annie, Skidmore, Will and Curly on the left. The next move for the fast growing goslings will be into the big area with all the other fowl so this is a good way for everyone to get acquainted . . . with the fence in between.
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