April 18, 2015

The ducks first swim

The ducks had their first swim in a painter's tray today.  I read that this is a good option for the ducks initially because they can walk out like a ramp when they get tired.  They aren't very good swimmers yet because their feathers are oily yet and they don't have the air pocket on their chest to keep them afloat.  Mostly they just splash and clean themselves.  It was so lovely and warm outside; they had a ball in the water then running around in the grass and picking at dandelions.  

The chicks are starting to show small pin feathers on their wings already and are attempting to take flight though they don't get more than an inch or so off the ground.  

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