Yippee!!! The babies started hatching this morning! Yesterday we were discussing whether we needed to scoot Momma off her nest to check on the eggs and wahlah! the babies were peaking out of the nest this morning! I was getting worried that Momma was sitting on a nest of duds and would starve herself to death waiting for them to hatch. Such a dedicated duck. Not sure if I would starve myself for my kids, luckily I haven’t had that challenge presented to me. “Oh yeah, that Mom ate the last chocolate bar while her kids starved to death.” Okay, okay… I’m just kidding! I would break that chocolate bar into 3 pieces and share! Of course I would have the biggest piece.
I have learned to ALWAYS mark the calendar when a duck (or goose for that matter) starts incubating her eggs. You think that you’ll remember (how could you forget your first nesting duck?) but trust me, you won’t. So, I wrote down the babies birth date first thing. I won’t make that mistake again! We have three babies that we know of. We’re waiting to see if more happen to hatch. Momma has 2 Muscovy babies and a Pekin baby. When she started getting all broody we decided to put a couple of Pekin eggs in with her to try and hatch some of our other ducks. At that time we didn’t have any broody Pekins. Now we have a couple of broody hens and another Muscovy that has planted herself in the Pekin box with a big clutch of eggs. I’ll try not to worry about having too many babies. Out of a clutch of 18, only 3 have hatched so far. Remind me that I said that after the next 4 nests start hatching. Oh, and let’s not forget the goose nest. She started incubating her eggs shortly after Momma Muscovy did. Any day now on her babies!
Our farm has expanded on the chicken front too. We just added 9 hens and a rooster. Now we have a total of 23 chickens. They’re an eclectic bunch – some Barred Rocks, Golden Comets, New Hampshire Reds, Easter Eggers, and Rhode Island Reds. They are all good girls (and a boy) and produce a lot of eggs for us. Nothing says you are living on a farm like having a rooster crow at 5:30 in the morning! His name is Buck. Not at all mean and nasty like I’ve heard that some roosters (boys) can be. So far so good! Aaawww! Maybe we’ll have little baby chickens! Great. You’ll read about the crazy lady in the newspaper that has been hoarding duck, goose, and chicken babies. That’ll be me. Can’t help it – they’re too cute! And I never knew how friendly chickens can be. Just ask Lexie. She goes out to the pasture and all the chickens come running like they are so happy to see her! Of course she spends all her free time sitting out there and hand feeding them. I think that I’ll start bribing the animals too. I’ll exert my pecking order. Yep. Just kidding! Our poultry is friendly and happy to see all of us.
Except for when you take eggs out of their nests. Poor Molly about had a fit when I emptied her nest. Sorry girl, but we already have too many Muscovy nests for now! Maybe we’ll let her hatch a brood later this year. See? Here I go again with the babies! I seem to forget that the kids both have babies coming for 4H next month!
Speaking of babies… our wild Canadian goose babies are all hatched and growing up just fine. Like we really had anything to do with it! There are 2 families and 6 babies. They spend their time in the pond and sometimes wander up into the back yard. They go right up to the pasture and you have to wonder if they are talking to our geese.
Like “Hey, come on out and play with us!”
“Sorry, I can’t today. I’m on baby watch.”
And so am I. Let the baby circus begin.