Monday, April 27, 2015
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Monday, January 26, 2015
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Friday, January 16, 2015
Here's the thing. The eggs started hatching and the empty broken shells started showing up all around her. Then I could see the little duckies heads poking out from under her. She didn't move, and I didn't want to scare her so I went inside. And..... a few hours later when I went back outside to check, she was gone and all the duckies with her. Haven't seen her since. I've been looking but no sign of her.
Hopefully she and her babies will show up this weekend. They are so little that I'm sure she's taken them somewhere safe until that get a little bigger. I soooo wanted to see the little ones. Ugh!
To be continued.....
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I counted 12 eggs one time, not being able to see all of them, so not sure how many. They are pretty good sized eggs now. One day one egg was out of the nest, but she put it back in. The last week or so I have noticed that she will just stands over them for a while. Like this.....
I have really enjoyed watching and can't wait to see what's going to happen next!
I Wish You Love,
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Can't see the eggs, they are covered with down. Momma took a food and water break. Glad I checked to see. But, I'm sure she'll be back soon.
Have a good evening everyone.
I Wish You Love,
I was a little worried about her last week when we had a few cool nights and the temperature dropped into the 40"s, but she's fine. Those feathers are keeping every one just as warm as can be.
She's keeping her eye on me. I think she picked this fern garden because it's a safe spot. There are a lot of squirrels around here and they don't come to this part of the building much, they stay mostly around the big trees.
This is the first time I have ever seen a momma duck nesting. I'm excited!
I don't really know much about the incubation process or time. Nor do I know how long she's been there, she just surprised me one evening. I hadn't noticed her before. So I did a little research:
The hen usually lays about a dozen or more eggs before she will start to incubate them. Although the eggs accumulate in the nest at the rate of about one per day, the incubation process begins at the same time, when the hen begins sitting. It takes about a month for the eggs to start hatching. Once they start hatching the survivors will be hatched within 24 hours.
So now I check her out everytime I come and go. She's right outside my door.
Hopefully I can get some more pics and keep you up to date. I know I'll be watching.
To be continued....