Well, it’s certainly not the time of year we expect ducks to hatch out eggs, but one of our duck hens has been adamant that she was going to do just that, and she enlisted the aid of another hen who would “babysit” the eggs for her while she took short breaks to go eat, drink, and stretch her little webbed feet.
We weren’t sure what to expect, but sure enough, this morning, I heard peeps from the nest, and there were two sweet little faces peeking out at me! We will be providing supplemental heat for them as they grow due to the temperatures dropping.
What’s really neat is that the hen who hatched these babies out, Peep, was herself hatched out in our son’s first grade classroom a couple of years ago, and she came home with us when the school year ended.
As for the father, we have two drakes: Bill is a pure white Pekin, and Zoidberg is a Muscovy. Given the colors of the ducklings, and Zoidberg’s observed preference for Peep, it’s not a huge mystery, even if some of us are still in denial. Ahem.