More duck egg’s are on their way
We’ve ordered (Ok, it was me, I couldn’t hold back the urge) 12 Runner Duck hatching eggs to repeat the process of hatching some ducklings.
This time they should be a mixture of either of the following colours:
- Chocolate brown
- Chocolate magpie
- And apparently there can be the odd lavender magpie – fine by us!
I can’t find a picture of a lavender magpie, it’s basically the same as the chocolate magpie but with lavender in place of the brown.
Last time we bought 6, and only two hatched, two weren’t even fertilised. It was a close call as if only one had hatched it could have been tricky.
So this time I have ordered 12. I can now fill the incubator with 7, it’s maximum, the rest will go under Snowy and we’ll pray it goes to plan and she sticks it out. Five duck eggs might be a bit much for her but we’ll see.
As before I will monitor the eggs, and want to get the girls involved a bit more now it’s not cold and dark outside. If there are any duds in the incubator and too many good ones under Snowy, I may balance it out by moving some of the good ones to the incubator so it’s easier for her to deal with.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been collecting stuff ready for the next hatch. I found a large rabbit cage with deep plastic bottom for sale round the corner from work for just £10, this will be better for small ducklings due to the deep plastic tray which will be easier to clean. We also picked up some coloured leg bands so we can keep track of who is who!
To say I am excited is an understatement!Comments 6 comments