Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Duckies Are Here!

Wow! A tiny little package! We ordered 20 Welsh Harlequin Ducks, and they sent 2 extras. We ordered from David Holderread wrote Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. They all seem healthy and alert after a 36 hour trip from Oregon to Texas!

Pleas peeking at the little peepers!

Dipping their little bills in the water. One teaspoon of honey and a handful of chopped fresh garden greens in each quart jar.

Our reference to nail polish - we used Honeybee Gardens water based non-toxic polish. We dabbed a little spot on the right foot of the ducklings we presume are males. They have the darker bills. (But it did not stay on- it had come off in just a few hours- now how can we mark them, and they stay marked?!?)

Our Little Duck House, or "Duckingham Palace"


A Waltman said...

I love your Duck House! We want to make a similar house for a few chicken!! :)


Suzanne said...

too adorable!! I think I like them better than you have to let them free range, and do they tear up your garden??

are they really wood ducks? I feel kind of sorry for them exchanging Oregon weather for Texas weather!!

Dunbar Creek Mercantile said...

Suzanne, they are Welsh Harlequin ducks. We will use electric netting fence (purchased from Premier 1 Supplies) to give them space to range during the day and lock them in the little house each night to keep them safe. Because they have webbed feet they don't scratch like chickens, so wouldn't do as much damage, but they like tender green things to eat!

They are supposed to have more personality than chickens and be hardier, too. We've had laying chickens a few times before, but never got them so young!

We'll see! It's an experiment! These are supposed to be a good all purpose breed, very good layers and pretty good for meat. I highly recommend David Holderread's book "Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks".

Darla said...

They are lots of fun.

Try a Non-toxic (permanent) marker. It should do a great job. :-) Red for girls, blue for boys. Lol

God Bless,