Our Ducklings: The First Two Weeks

Here's how sweet Caesar and Cleopatra looked when we first brought them home...

they seemed a little lost, a little needy, a little messy, OK a lot messy, but oh so cute

bright yellow fluff balls

who immediately imprinted on us

These little cuties are Pekin ducks

they are timid and shy and always right next to each other

Cleopatra has a higher squeak, while Caesar has a deeper peep...that's the only way we can tell them apart at this age

Duck TV...this is what you do when you don't have cable

even the pup likes this channel

But LOOK! In just a week they lost their bright yellow coloring and nearly doubled in size!

At two weeks they're in several inches of water ready for swim lessons! What happened to our babies?

And BTW, ducks are really messy...seriously...after two weeks they had outgrown and made complete mess of their brooder box in the bathroom (which was a double size rabbit cage) so they were moved to this outdoor rabbit hutch lined with hay.

Yay, outside!

Who knew ducks would grow so big in just two weeks? We couldn't be more in love with these duckies. They follow us around the yard and squeak and peep to let us know if they are lonely or hungry. They love to eat carrots, lettuce, turnip greens, cabbage, grapes, watermelon, green beans, peas and just about anything else we offer. Except no bread or crackers! And in exchange, they eat flies, mosquitoes, weeds, grass and any other crawly flying bugs they can find.

These Pekin ducks will eventually be all white like the ones in this pic (we stumbled on these cuties at the Botanical Garden). We were told they are sold as meat birds. Yuck. Can you imagine eating these sweet things? But because they are sold for consumption, their ability to fly has been bred out of them, as has their interest in hatching their own eggs. Cruel, isn't it? So while our gals will lay about 200 eggs a year, we probably won't see too many hatchlings unless we incubate them ourselves or let one of the broody hens hatch them.

To us they are pets, no different than the hens or the rats or the pup and the cats (hey that rhymes!).

Not food. And not just egg producers. Companions.

Quack Quack!

PS Here's how the duck ducks looked at one month

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