Ladies and gentlemen, we have a duckling! She/he is in the centre of the eggs below:
When I went down this morning, Ronna-duck was looking different. A little more alert and freaked-out than usual. I lifted her up to do my usual daily egg count, and found that a damp little duckling had just hatched out!
Here's where baby spent the past 37-odd days!
I brought soem food and water to Ronna nest-side, which she seemed to appreciate. I've shut the other ducks out of the run for now. When the hatching is all finished (I hope within 24 hours), we'll move everyone to the "duck nursery", another duckhouse with its own enclosed "yard."
It's a good thing our neighbours aren't nearby. When I found the little one this morning, I ran up from behind the barn screaming "BABY! BABY! BABY!" to Gordon, who was planting a star magnolia tree. He probably thought I yelling out a term of endearment...
Stay tuned for more duckling updates! My friend Ronna (aka RNTD -- "Ronna Not The Duck" as opposed to RTD -- "Ronna the Duck") is now a grand-duck-mother!