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While I am waiting...
« on: April 29, 2010, 22:24 »
for Eve to hatch my lovely little Bumble & Bee babies nature has given me a treat! Behind my house is a field and at the bottom of the field a stream. I went for a walk yesterday afternoon and found that the duck who lives on there has hatched 9 little babies  :D Little tiny fluffy wonderful ducklings that were swimming up and down and so brave that they came over to see what I was looking at  ;)
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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 22:53 »
A close up of the ducklings  :D
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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 23:12 »
So cute.  we used to have them visit in our garden but then we filled the fish pond in (it was when Cam was a toddler) so they stopped coming in.  I've got some appleyard eggs coming :)

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 23:22 »
Yay, I love Appleyards  :D My Erin is a lovely girl and lays lovely big eggs each day.

Are they going under a broody or in an incubator?

I'm going to try to get more photos of these little ones as they are ever so cute and it is so lovely watching them on their first days out in the water  :blush:
« Last Edit: April 30, 2010, 16:04 by Caralou »

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 16:03 »
Well seeing as the broody orpington has decided she's not broody anymore they are going in the incubator.  I bought 6 eggs and got an extra one for luck! 

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2010, 11:28 »
Eve has hatched her first little Bumble baby for me  :D

It is a Bumble & Topaz baby and I have called him/her Jet   :wub:
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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010, 11:33 »
oh he/she is so cute  :D

we don't get many wild ducks on the beck next to us but every year we get signets hatched on it  :D
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010, 12:13 »
Ahhhh, just beautiful Cara :D x

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2010, 11:51 »
Just checked on Eve and Little Jet is running around the coop like a little lunatic and underneath her another little baba has just hatched out. This one is a little white fluff ball so most likely a Bumble-Erin baby, but will have to wait and see  :wub: :D I'm now worried though as the other two have only just started pipping and with Jet running around and wanting to get out I wonder how much longer Eve will stay sat.....

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2010, 13:50 »
My broodies usually give the other eggs 2 days before they leave them, if she can feel them pipping she may wait a little bit longer  :)

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2010, 14:24 »
Another is nearly out now - lifted Eve and it was half out the shell so I quickly put her back. She is so good and lets me have a little look with no complaint  :wub: Number 3 is another little black duckling.

Here's a picture of number 2 (Buttercup) popping it's little head out  :D
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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010, 14:38 »
What a super photo - that is so sweet  :)

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2010, 15:10 »
Oh, that's wonderful news!

What a great reward for Eve's and your patience. OK, probably most of the patience was Eve's!
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2010, 15:28 »
So little Jet & Buttercup now have little Onyx out to keep them company. Eve is sat tight on egg number four and I can hear lots of cheeping from inside  :D
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Re: While I am waiting...
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2010, 17:54 »
Little Onyx has now fluffed up and it turns out it's a Blue Swedish not Cayuga cross as thought. It has the lovely blue tinge of it's mum so now Topaz, Erin & Jade are all mums! I am sooooo hoping the final chick is a Khaki cross so that Alice also has a baby. I did collect all eggs the same day so in theory it should be one of each of the four girls, but I didn't think Alice was laying (I though Erin had doubled up that day) so I have to be patient to find out  :)

Since Onyx isn't going to be a Cayuga mix I have decided to have a little name change to Sapphire  :) I so hope this time I don't end up with lots of drakes with camp names  :tongue2: :lol:
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