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smedgekles
Conroe, TX

May 21, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8578390

We had 5 duck eggs under a Silkie hen, 3 got broken by other Silkies trying to steal the eggs, they all go broody at once. So, my son got mad at them and kicked them all out of the hen house (except the one) and blocked the door during the day and would only let them in to roost at night. So there were two eggs left, last week they both candled good, we could tell they were moving. Today one hatched. I think the other may have died, the egg is all dark and we hear no sound from it and the shell is turning a strange color.

Anyway, here is the one that hatched.

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smedgekles
Conroe, TX

May 21, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8578391

another picture

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smedgekles
Conroe, TX

May 21, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8578393

Snuggling with mama...ah hen.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

May 21, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8578423

Baby ducklings are too cute, and this one has such a good mom - irresistible!
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

May 21, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8578428

Baby duck under mamma chicken. That is just to funny. How terrible cute it is...Hay
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 21, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8578513

oh how sweet
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8578539

Awwww, what a good mommy!
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 24, 2011
10:39 AM

Post #8584446

Awww! That is the cutest picture!!! Love it!! Silkie mom, who could ask for more? :)

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8584569

Awww, Little ducky with a Silkie mommy, too cute!
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

May 24, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8585345

That is so cute! One duck is better than no duck. What happened to the other egg?

jylgaskin
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

May 24, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8585394

I had a silkie hatch out a whole batch of baby ducks. She had an absolute fit the first time they went into the water.

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8585956

I wondered about that! A wet Silkie isnt a pretty site! I bet Mom was fit to be tied!
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8586146

Haha, poor Silkie mommy watching her babies go in the water! She must have been horrified, poor thing!

I was thinking of getting a goose as a guardian for the chickens. Is that possible? Do they need water (pond or pool)? Do they need a mate? Are females or males better? I only want one, but it might be cruel not to have a pair? I'm guessing they don't roost, just sit on the coop floor at night? Is there a good guardian breed that is civil to people?
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8586293

knew I would find the pics to show you. Read opening statement and look at the 3rd pic
http://www.gbwf.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5329 then read the last statement

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AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8586301

WOW, Donna, WOW!!! Awesome pond and beautiful ducks. Poor mother hen, she looks so worried!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8586456

sure wish it was mine lol
jylgaskin
Williamsburg, MI
(Zone 4b)

May 25, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8586562

Annie, Yes, they are good watchdogs and will sound an alarm. No they don't need a pond, but do need enough water that they can stick their heads in and wash their eyes. (We had a small wading pool) Don't need a mate, they will actually bond with you more if they don't and definately a female. I loved my Toulouse. They have better dispositions. They don't roost, but if loose will poop on the back steps. (It's slippery. We KNOW this)


I just found out today, someone is bringing me 5 Embdens and 3 toulouse. We will probably keep the toulouse and eat or rehome the embdens.
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8593249

I'm seriously considering getting a goose, thanks for the recommendation on a female Toulouse. Now to find a place where I can order just one, JUST ONE, I swear it. LOL
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8593256

I forgot to ask what to feed them? Will layer feed work when they're older? I don't know how I could keep a different food for it. Right now I have the teen chicks and the three older hens on Flock raiser, still have oyster shells out for the hens and the teens don't even look at it.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 29, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8595495

Annie feed geese 1/2 scratch and 1/2 pellet chicken food mixed plus they free range grass all day. 1 goose would be very unhappy. They need a friend. 2 females will be fine
AnnieBBB

(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8597668

Thanks, Donna! I'm still mulling it over. They take up a lot of room and don't lay daily like chickens. Maybe I'll get some geeses when Catmad gets her Guineas??
smedgekles
Conroe, TX

June 2, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8603455

Nothing like stretching out on someones shoulder. This little duck is 1-1/2 weeks old and getting big fast. I can't believe how fast these things grow. This picture was taken at about a week old, so it has grown more already. I call it Zoey hoping it's female, but it may be a Joey.

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smedgekles
Conroe, TX

June 2, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8603463

Not the least bit spoiled :)

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smedgekles
Conroe, TX

June 2, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8603466

What a profile.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

June 2, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8604058

Such a wild thing!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 2, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8604272

are you putting it in the bath tub to swim yet??
smedgekles
Conroe, TX

June 2, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8604948

No, but my son did put it in the duck pond for a while. It loved it, and the other ducks didn't seem to mind or notice.
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8616022

Precious.

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