Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It's been a lovely day here, about 20 degrees, and filled with great excitement. Rachel put three duck eggs in an incubator twenty five days ago, and we were amazed that yesterday the eggs showed signs of life! The eggs were 'pipped' which means the ducklings were starting to break through the shell. It can then take between one and three days for them to hatch, and this lunchtime the eggs were moving and you could even hear squeaking from one of them. We must have sounded strange as we were quacking at this egg, and the little one would reply. This went on for the rest of the afternoon and it took until about eight o'clock for the first duckling to appear. Had to have a glass of wine with dinner to celebrate.
As for the chickens, they are getting slightly more adventurous, and I found them exploring further down the garden this evening. Unfortunately one of them decided to chase the ducks, who are obviously big wimps, as they all ran off...

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