When we shut them up in their little corner of the chicken house last night, she had them all nestled down under her. We didn't realize until this morning that the little yellow duckling was missing. Again. Darned if he didn't (apparently) venture out of the chicken house for the second time yesterday unnoticed by us. We failed to see his escape. Upon searching, Papa Pea found his little body under a tree this morning.
Also, one of the two chicks Mama Duck hatched out is completely missing. We cannot figure out what happened to the yellow chick. The remaining chick is black and white. We've been trying to figure it out all day but have come up with no answer as to what could have happened to the yellow chick.
Having gone through this, we decided we had to transfer Mama Duck and her brood to their own safe, secure new home today.
We readied this chicken tractor-type house and caught all the small renegades in the chicken house (including Mama Duck who was not happy being evicted) with the fish net and carried them to their new quarters.
Dumped into the new pen. "Where are we??"
The new pen is situated so they'll get sunshine as the sun travels across the sky for most of the day. Two-thirds of the pen is open but screened with hardware cloth (wire) and one-third is closed in with wood for night time warmth or protection from high winds.
We realized it was a bit more of a jump into the enclosed area than they could all manage. See the little chick determined to make it? He's definitely more feisty and agile than the ducklings at this point. Mama Duck is in the enclosed area trying to coax everyone to get up there with her.
We had to provide some "steps" to make it easier until they grow a bit more. They all can make it up now with the provided boost.
Final count that we hope to raise without further unhappy incident? One chick and eleven ducklings.