Monday 8th May 2017
The ducklings have arrived in school!
Two of the ducklings have already hatched.
Ducklings can take between 24 and 48 hours to hatch. The ducklings often have to take a rest during hatching because it is so tiring.
Tuesday 9th May 2017
The ducklings have been named Donald and Daisy. Daisy is slightly lighter in colour than Donald. Both ducklings have been moved out of the incubator.
Daisy is receiving a little extra care and attention as she has been born with ‘splayed legs.’ This makes it difficult for Daisy to stand. She is receiving treatment to help correct this and is already beginning to stand on her own.
Wednesday 10th May 2017
Both of the ducklings are living in a brooder. This is a heated home for young birds. Daisy’s leg is much stronger and she has been happily running around with Donald.
Today the ducklings tasted mint and other herbs which were added to their water.
Thursday 11th May 2017
Daisy and Donald have been enjoying an early morning runabout.
The ducklings are too young to for us to tell if they are male or female. However, female ducks quack and male ducks make a hissing sound.
Friday 12th May 2017
The ducklings have been getting used to being handled by the children and have spent much of their day visiting different classes.
Unlike chicks, ducklings take a while to develop any feathers and will keep their duck down for a few weeks. As the ducklings have been hatched in an incubator they will not have all of their waterproof feathers until they are between 6 and 8 weeks old.
Monday 15th May 2017
The ducklings are now old enough to for their first swim!
They love playing in the water but as their feathers are not yet waterproof they can only stay in it for about 10 minutes at a time.
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Many of the children who have spent time with Daisy and Donald today have been surprised by how much they have grown.
Daisy and Donald are different colours. This is because they are different breeds of ducks. Donald is a Khaki Campbell and Daisy a Cherry duck.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Play the video clip below and watch the ducklings take an early evening swim!
The ducks have webbed feet. These help them to paddle and swim smoothly in the water.
Thursday 18th May 2017
Donald and Daisy have enjoyed an early morning walk around the school. They are very friendly and often follow people as they walk.
In the wild, ducks are very social and they live in groups. When a group of ducks fly they are called a flock, but when they are in water, they are usually called a raft, or team.
Friday 19th May 2017
Look how much bigger Donald is than Daisy!
Daisy and Donald have been following and copying each other. When one of them walks, the other follows and when one sits down, the other copies.
Monday 22nd May 2017
The ducklings have grown so much since they were born nearly two weeks ago. They no longer need a heat lamp in their brooder and are big enough to spend much of the day outside.
In the pictures above, Daisy and Donald can be seen relaxing together at the end of a busy day.
Tuesday 22nd May 2017
Today is the ducklings last day in school. Tomorrow they will go to a farm in Staffordshire which will become their new home. There are lots of other ducks and hens on the farm waiting to meet Daisy and Donald.
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