Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Twitchy and friends

How are your insulin levels?

Here's little Twitchy the seizure duckling. She (he?) seems to be doing fine since her episode on the weekend!

I wonder what these two were talking about?

Ducklings LOVE shiny things, like wedding bands!

So I've been feeling sorry for poor Ronna duck, who hasn't been able to have a proper bath in ages. I've read all sorts of opinions on how soon ducklings should swim: if they swim before two weeks, they'll catch a chill and die. If the swim after two weeks, they'll catch a cold and die. If they see water, they'll have a seizure and die. You get the picture.

Last year we were all paranoid about the babies and water. They had their first swim in a paint tray, which gave them a built-in ramp to get out of the bath. (Yes, ducklings can drown.) 

Today I decided Mama Ronna needed a bath, and that I'd just sit there and watch her to make sure no ducklings succumbed. They were all very interested in what Mama was doing, except, yes, Twitchy, who's behind Mama at the left.

"Wow, Mama! That looks like a ton of fun!"

Mama Ronna was thrilled to be in the water and had a great time splashing and dunking. The babies were fascinated, as was one of the other girl-ducks who can be seen, below, peeking in at the action. 

I think you can see what's going to happen next:

Baby in the pool! Baby in the pool!
Oh wait. It floats.

And snorkels!

Naturally some of the others had to give it a try too. Note the gleeful splashing:

A good time was had by all, and I made sure nobody was drenched and cold at the end. It was a beautiful day today, so they dried out quickly, then had a nap under Mama.

Here's firstborn! I need to name the other four ducklings. They really do have to be some of the cutest little things on the planet. So endearing!

And there's more photos coming. Stay tuned for further darling delightful duck dailies.


  1. I need to drink some sugar water after looking at all these photos!
    They are out of this world darling :)♥♥♥
    Of course that firstborn should be called #1!

  2. CUTE! That photo of the ducklings splashing about is truly magical.

    Reminds me a little of the first time Mother and Father let me play with water when I was a toddler. It took me a while to get out of the sack, and I lost all of my favourite house-bricks. They're probably still at the bottom of the canal.

  3. So cute! Can't stand it. Love mama having a bath and the babies watching!

  4. All the photos are super, but I think photo no. 2 is my favourite. Such a curious expression on the little yellow duckling's face as he/she looks at his/her sib.

    1. THat yellow one is the firstborn! SHe's very bold. :)

  5. Squeeeeeeeee! So cute!

  6. These pictures bring a smile to my face - as the duck updates do every morning. Keep sending - we all need more smiles.

  7. Oh dear, I hope they don't catch a chill after going in the water so young! ;)

    They are such little cuties.

  8. Andrew3:43 pm

    They are indeed extremely endearing.

    1. I spend a lot of time sitting with them. So cute!!


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