NEW DUCKLINGS AND A CHICK
We have some new faces at Kents, Debbie the duck who we hatched ourselves in an incubator has become a first time mother! She spent 1 month in the bushes and surprised us all when she led 5 healthy ducklings to water 1 day earlier than expected. Debbie being a runner duck notoriously known for being terrible mothers,was certainly a bit wild, spending often up to an hour off her eggs and quacking and sprinting all over the garden. So when she led her ducklings to water, them all less than 24 hours old we were happy for her. She is now smashing her runner duck reputation out the window by being an amazing mother teaching her young all the ducky things needed in life.
Blue Legs another of our own incubated chickens was sitting on eggs at the same time, however starting with 10 eggs she has slowly been rejecting her eggs kicking one out one day then eating one the other. We were not hopeful. Hatching day came around and blue legs was down to just 4 eggs. She came down from her run to have a bite to eat and we saw one of her battered eggs with a crack in it! Over the following few hours she managed to hatch just the one sole survivor. At first she was very confused as to what the little white fluff ball was doing under her so she gave her a few pecks. Now however shes joined Debbie in the mothers club and is teaching her chick the ways of the chicken!