How about this for a pretty sight:
Rewinding a day; yesterday I collected loads of Snowy’s feathers from underneath the water bucket. She was moulting a bit since her last bout of broodiness but this amount in one place made me wonder if some kind of struggle had occured. I checked her over and all seemed well. I also found a cracked egg in the nestbox, which is unusual.
The ducklings are doing good, constantly getting bigger, unbelievably bigger. It’s hard to tell which is which most of the time. And they can be quite noisey!
Some weird things happened today.
The first thing was while I was in the run with the ducklings. The chickens were out in their part of the garden and started making some noise, as I looked round I heard and saw a squirrel walking along the fence. We’ve never seen squirrels here before and it instantly answered a question I had. Yesterday the chickens were scratching around underneath the bushes and all of a sudden they went crazy, I looked over to see that Zazu had got caught in the Omlet fence trying to escape something. I went over to help and she escaped by herself, there were no threats to be seen but I wondered what had spooked them, they weren’t happy for a while.
I now think it was a squirrel.
I then did some inconclusive research as to whether squirrels are a threat to chickens. I also thought back to the feathers and the broken egg but that can’t possibly be the cause.
The next strange event was when I spotted a Seagull on the roof of the run. The chickens were stood outside near the bushes, looking up with confusion. I then watched as it started pecking the roof above the ducklings, surely it wasn’t trying to get them 🙁
Later on I locked the chickens in their outside area and let the ducklings out for a run on the grass. The ducklings seemed to love it and explored the area. The chickens were watching and pacing backwards and forwards along the fence, not wanting to attack but wanting to be on the grass too!
Then, to my surprise, Star flew over the fence while I had my back turned. I heard the flapping noise and when I turned round she was just coming in to land. This explains a few of the escapes and now that she’s figured it out I won’t be able to leave them out while unattended, which is a shame.
She didn’t go anywhere near the ducklings and was happy to have access to the grass. I then decided to bite the bullet and let the others out. And they all got along fine!
It turns out that the chickens were leaving the ducklings alone, they were intrigued by them but didn’t peck them. That’s until the ducklings pecked the chickens! They were all sharing a dish of water and the ducklings seemed quite territorial over it. Star ran off when she got pecked but Belle retaliated and pecked back so my eldest stepped in and moved Belle away.
Then they all headed in to the run, and when one of the ducklings pecked Zazu, she then squared up and pecked back. I quickly lifted the ducklings back to their run and called it a day, a good day though.
They put themselves to bed again and were snuggled under the heat plate!
We have mice again. I’ve moved the food off the floor and installed two Little Nippers that my Dad gave me.Comments 4 comments