Well, our five ducklings made it through one night successfully. They are a in bigger 4×4 brooding pen and there’s no straggler getting denied food or water. They’ve all got good energy and nice down. They are only a couple days old, though. Most of the big changes start to happen around the one week mark.
We are initiating what I have to term the New Agrarian protocol with watering, as I’ve not seen anyone else on the internet follow such a process with new ducklings. Other folks make their own waterers to prevent frequent fouling or swear up and down that their ducklings never hop in the water to play and poop in it. Right now, for us, it’s easier to follow this system of 4x a day waterings with storebought waterer than to make something special to reduce watering frequency. Thanks, random fellow agrarian on the internet!
Here’s their current brooding pen, it’s made from what used to be raised beds when we lived in suburbia and what will return to being raised beds when these little (mostly) gals grow out of it.
And here’s another blurry picture of the little flock. Still learning how to use my fancy smrtfone.