Our new favourite past time, watching our ducklings.
As well as fitting in a little time to do some bird watching.
The ducklings had all dried out by mid-morning. Now almost 1 day old they were ready to start exploring.
After eating they did some paperwork by helping Miss Irwin with her planning. 👏🏼Then this afternoon they went to play at Mrs Irwin’s house and met some new friends.
After a busy first day it was early to bed as its their first day at school tomorrow.
Hi Class Jonah,
I hope your all enjoying your second week of half term. It was two weeks today that we started watching the ducklings hatch out of their shells.Its gone very quick and they no longer fit in one hand, it takes two hands to hold them.
They have grown taller and wider. They are brave and bold and love to go outside in the garden to eat insects and have a swim.
They have even started to check on me when I clean their cage out. They like to make sure I’m doing a good job. Today I caught them on camera spying on me. You can see how their beaks are changing colour and their wings have grown. They are getting grown up tail feathers starting to come through now and the tufts on the back of Dulcey, Tink and Buddy’s heads are really sticking up now. George is massive and very brave and he tends to lead the pack most of the time. Somebody has started to quack like a grown up duck but I haven’t quite figured out who it is yet!
It was a bit too windy and cold this afternoon so they only went out for a few minutes then decided to come back in.
Now though they are asleep.
Hello Class Jonah,
I hope your all still enjoying your half term. Its been a very busy weekend for the ducklings as they now wake up every morning and want to go outside and explore. They are getting so big it’s not fair to keep them in the cage for a long time in the day because they need to learn to look for food and practice swimming and cleaning themselves.
On Saturday the ducklings spent most of the day in the garden. They have become very independent and love to go off and forage for bugs to eat.
While the ducklings were busy in the garden myself and Bradley made them a house. The house isn’t for them just yet but it’s good for them to get used to seeing it, eventually they will be sleeping in it. Bradley thought it was for him though and spent most of the weekend sat in it!
On Saturday afternoon Mrs Arkle came round to see the ducklings. She couldn’t believe how much they had grown. She saw them paddling and she got to see the first time the ducklings started to swim under water. The rain water had filled up their pool and it was the deepest water they had every been in and they got very excited.
After a very busy day they had a little sleep outside.
They then had one last look around before bed time. The ducklings will get used to the house over the next few weeks.
Hello Class Jonah, I hope your all having a happy half term. It’s Miss Irwin here. I thought I’d give you an update on how the ducklings have been growing since you last saw them.
During Bank Holiday weekend they had a few swims in their green pool.
But as you can see they are starting to splash more!
So After a few days of very wet floors in the house, I decided to give them a chance to have a bigger swim.So they went in the bath!
They loved it! 🙂
Over the last few days they have started to eat and drink much more. In the morning when I wake up they cheap at me until I give them new food and water. They have new water and food every few hours. This means they are growing bigger and also doing a lot more poos and wee’s. Ewwwww!
On Tuesday I went to collect the big blue shells from school and put them in the garden so the ducklings could learn to go for a swim outside.
At first they weren’t sure of the bright sunshine but they soon got used to swimming in the big blue pool. I made them a ramp to walk and down out of the pool. Their feet slipped on the wood so I wrapped it in bubble wrap and the ducklings loved that. They liked to peck it. They had to be encouraged to walk up the ramp, so I put food on the bubble wrap which trapped the food and made the ducklings walk up it.
Eventually George (who is now the tallest duckling) was brave and walked up to the top and down the other side of the ramp. After a while they all had a go. When they got on to the path in the garden they started to hunt around for food.
After a wander round they played hide and seek in my plants. Can you spot them?
After all the excitement they had a lie down and sunbathing session.
Hopefully tomorrow we will see if they have remembered how to get up and down the ramp.