Ducklings learning to swim



The great thing about living near a farm store is that I no longer need to have baby fowl delivered via postal service. The bad thing about living near a farm store is that I just cannot stay away.

Last week, the kids and I snuck over there while Scott was out of town and brought this little guy home. His name is Nibbles and he’s a Khaki Campbell duck.




Khaki Campbells are known for their egg-laying ability – even surpassing some of the best chickens! I read that they can lay an average of 320 eggs a year. Have you ever tried a duck egg? I can’t wait.

She’s still an itty-bitty little thing.

Actually, I don’t know whether Nibbles is a girl or boy. We’ll find out in 6 months! (Yes, there’s a way to determine the sex of a duckling, but it involves pinching and prodding duckee parts that I’d rather just leave alone.)

If you haven’t yet seen this little video of Nibbles learning how to waddle:

Nibbles stays under the protection of her big sisters (again, I’m just guessing that they are girls) – she tries to keep up with them! Watch Scarface learn how to swim – the hard way!

A few days ago, I put out a little tub of water for them to play in. You have to wait a couple of weeks before letting newborn ducklings swim Рthey have no feathers  yet, and can get sick (or drown) if you let them play in water too soon. Scarface and Duckee Momo have GROWN SO FAST!!! In just 2 weeks they went from fitting in the palm of your hand to now being able to be carried under your arm.

Here’s the ducks’ first time in water & and update on our 10 hens: