Upon closer inspection he noticed that the ducklings, now five weeks old, are growing their wing feathers. The chicks must have noticed too because they were pecking these new feathers causing the duckling to bleed.
It was time to separate the ducks and chicks and as the ducks seemed much hardier and bigger they got to get out. Bren and Liam fenced off a large grassy area that surrounds the brooder.
They did take a little while to get the hang of the faster group waddling and would trip each other up a fair bit at first.
They were so funny making several passes of the pool/pond but not actually slowing down or looking at it.
Then finally they stopped to have a drink.
We still put them back in the brooder every night for warmth and protection but each day they seem to explore further and get more confident.
Thanks for visiting us at the market today Deb, Aaliya and family, it was ace to meet you.
I hope you are having a great weekend whereever you are, whatever the season.