The adult birds currently reside at my parents' farm, and after losses from predators, we are now down to 2 females and 4 males.
|The female in the front/middle is the one that went missing most recently. Naturally she was the nicest of the ducks, and I was really hoping to hatch chicks out of her.|
A couple of my parents' hens went broody, and each hatched one duck egg.
The hens were slacking at their duckling-rearing abilities, so I brought them home to make sure they thrived.
|They aren't quite sure what to make of the kid, but he LOVES them. (And yes, he has no diaper on.)|
They are fat and feisty, and I'm hoping I can move them outdoors (and out of our bathtub) as soon as possible.
Especially since there are more on the way!
It's looking like 11 out of 14 eggs are viable, so we will have a sizable flock before too long!
Unfortunately, things aren't going as well in the rabbitry.
The other night I didn't latch Colbert's cage back completely, and found him dead in the yard the next morning.
He was my last potent male Creme, and unless Turn decides to get his act together, my Creme breeding project will be put off indefinitely.
In addition to that incident, I have also lost my best New Zealand Red brood doe, Acer.