I’m all set up with my bathtub duckling brooder. I put the water bottle in there last night so it would be at room temperature when the ducklings come home and not cold. I have my feed in the feeder and sprinkled with brewer’s yeast and it is not by the water to keep the feed as dry as possible and also to make them walk back and forth. The bedding is fluffed and ready. The heat lamp is on and at the right height and temperature. I do need to pick up some chick grit and some hay for the rabbits. Other than that we are good to go.
We will get some grit where we get the ducklings and they might have hay there as well. Otherwise I’ll have to go to Laurel for hay. The local farm store is out of horse quality hay. All they have is alfalfa, which it is my understanding is too rich a hay for them when they already have some alfalfa in their pellets. They have Timothy hay at Laurel so we will check there on the way out to the other place to get the ducks.
A bit of sad news. I lost one of Andromeda’s buck kits. He wasn’t even stiff yet or cold. He wasn’t warm though and his eyes were glazed open. There isn’t a sign on him that anything is wrong with him. This is the second kit I have lost at this age, 13 weeks, from this line. Well, it happened to one of Piper’s kits, and this time it happened to one of her granddaughter’s kits. He died in front of the cage door and it’s the kind that opens in and up, so I had to do some shoving to get the body to move. His poor brother was cuddled up with him like he was trying to keep him warm.
I moved the living brother to a different cage and into quarantine so I can watch him for signs of illness. I will scrub and bleach the other cage out today. I hope he will be okay. He is the one I want to breed with Serena when they both get old enough and then sell as a mating pair after a successful first litter.
He was just fine last night, running around, even jumping into my lap to be pet. He was such a friendly little guy even if he was destined for the stew pot if no one bought him. I am not nearly as broken up about this as I have been in the past. Maybe I’m developing a thicker skin for these things and accepting it as a part of farming. Not sure how I feel about that.