Market day in a neighbouring town, and so we went along ‘just for a look’, to see what prices are going for. It was of course.. purely accidental that we put the cat box in the back of the car. And we had a little accident and somehow registered and got a bidding number.. and another accident happened when that auctioneer was shouting and himself stuck his hand up.. and we bid for and won 5 ducklings.. the same type and age as the ducklings we hatched.
That was fun – and we got to catch up with some folk from the downsizer forum.
We decided to risk it and put the two ‘flocks’ together straight away, and they slipped together as though there had always been eight of them.
The give away, over who was who, was when we came back, the newcomers had had a very exciting time in the swimming pool – possibly they have not been offered water on this scale before. or perhaps just after a long morning with just a small dish.. either way they made up for lost time and there was water scattered everywhere.
We have progressed from a box to a sandpit/ paddling pool – we could do with a really huge plastic box.. but short of cutting down an IBC, could not find one. These sandpit shells – or apple shaped as ours is, are ideal for ducks of all ages… I have to wonder if anyone buys them for kids….
When the weather improves, we shall move them outside during the day, as they will prefer it, and can have their apple paddling pool as a pool itself, and also – ducks are messy birds.. and the sooner they are out the better!