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by Veronica on October 4, 2010

My duck hatched 13 babies out of 15 eggs. They’re 3 weeks old now and super cute.

My chook had chickens, they’re 6 weeks old now. From what I can see, we’ve got 2 roosters and 3 hens. Or maybe the other way around. It’s really hard to tell. I’ve got another hen broody and she’s on 11 eggs, so I’m hopeful we’ll get 6 chickens out of her.

We had to kill the rooster, as he started to attack Amy. He was rather stringy and tough, so a slow poach probably would have been a better idea than a slow roast. We’ll know for next time though. I turned his leftovers into an amazing chicken casserole and it was great.

I do however want to invest in a hand mincer, so that I can mince the older birds, who for whatever reason, aren’t working out.

I’ve got 2 ducks sitting on eggs at the moment, with ducklings due in a fortnight and just under 5 weeks respectively (the latter duck has only been sitting for a few days). 16 eggs and 22 eggs under them. I found another (!) nest in the shed too, at last count there were 12 eggs in there and no duck sitting yet.

I was annoyed to lose a duck to the highway, some idiot driving too fast hit her. Even worse, she was sitting on 25 eggs. I checked them over and as they hadn’t started to develop – she hadn’t been on them long – I’ve given some to my father for eating, and popped some into another nest. Hopefully it will be okay. Disappointing to lose a laying adult though.

It’s going to be interesting in a few weeks when everything hatches. Somehow it looks like we might have just fallen into duck farming, if the interest in what we’re doing with them when they’re grown is anything to go by. I think I can deal with that, I like my duckies.

So that’s me. How are you?

{ 8 comments }

Carly {Creator of We Heart Life} October 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Please tell me how I can get myself some cute little yellow ducks. I have always wanted a little yellow duck.

Also, please say that they are extremely easy to look after :)

Veronica October 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

They’ll only stay yellow until their feathers come in and then they’ll be white.

Definitely easy to look after, they’re messy though.

Tammy October 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

aaawwww I want chickens!! We are about to build our pen so we can get some but we dont want any roosters!!!
Looking like you have a real managerie going there!!!

Veronica October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Well if you start with chickens and don’t let them hatch any eggs, you’ll be fine, yes? I adore having fresh eggs on hand all the time.

Fiona October 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

too cute.

Shame about the lost layer though :\

Veronica October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I know, so annoyed.

sharon October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

They really are so cute. You are right about the mess though – we certainly know when the local ducks have been wandering around our garden and leave their calling cards on the pavers!!

Veronica October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

They are SO messy. It’s okay now we’ve locked them out of the small yard and they’ve got the big paddocks to waddle around in, but the mess!

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