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Got some Ducklings and Chicks Today!

21 April 2009 at 11:24:41 AM

I haven't been and won't be posting much for the next few days as I get the garden put in and take care of the new birds. I love getting birds through the mail. This time I got three Buff Orpington pullett chicks, 3 Americauna pullets (that lay the tinted eggs, like blue and green) 2 Crested cayuga ducks, 2 black and white magpie ducks and 1 blue swedish duck. Here's some pics.

I realized after I got them set up that I have chicken starter instead of chicken grower.  You can't give starter to ducks because it's medicated. I went out and tried smashing some chicken pellets into bit but unless, heh, I put them inside a food grinder, I don't think that will work. ... Okay, I put them into a food processor and had them in bitty chick condition within 30 seconds.

That duck in the front is one of the two magpie ducks. I'm not sure what the one on either side are, probably crested ducks. Will know when they get what looks like a funny cowlick on their head.

the yellow chicks, except one, are Buff Orpingtons. One of them is an americauna along with the chick that is brown with black coloring.

All happy and content. When I first put them in the box, a couple were cheeping really loudly, which told me that they were in distress. I added an extra heat lamp (one that just puts out heat, no light) and am going to watch for them all to settle in so I can see how to adjust the heat. If they all huddle together, it's not warm enough, if they're spread too far apart, it's too hot.

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