In between babies

 
Blueberry Oat Muffins

I decided I had to busy myself while the third baby duck hatched out of his/her shell so I whipped up a batch of Blueberry Oat Muffins – yummy. 

 Recipe as follows: 

  • 1 cup heaping all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • a ton of blueberries
  • sprinkle with sugar on top when they come out of the oven
  •  Bake at 375  until done 

    Oh, and here is number 3! 

    Baby #3

     

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    And then there were two…

    Our babies

     

    With number three in the process of hatching as I write. Life – what an amazing process! 

    Late last night my husband came into the house  with a partially hatched egg in hand.  A baby duck was in the process of breaking out.  Not sure what we should do to help, we helped it (later to learn that is not a good thing to do) out of  its shell.  The little one was weak and we immediately put it under the light to keep it warm.  I was  nervous because it seemed so worn out.  But then again, I guess that would be expected – considering the whole birthing process.  

    Baby number one was running around burning off huge amounts of energy while baby number two was trying to rest from hatching. 

    I checked on them in the middle of the night and baby two seemed to be getting stronger.  By 5:30 this morning it was sitting up and making noise with its sibling.  I can’t believe how tough these little chicks are.  They are the cutest little things.  

    I imagine by the end of this evening we will have three babies.

    Hello Baby!

    Baby

     

     
    Last year my husband and I bought six Peking ducks (chicks) at Tractor Supply Company.  This was a new adventure for the two of us.  Of the six, two didn’t make it because of birth defects, but we were fortunate to raise three healthy drakes, and a hen.  The ducks have been so much fun to watch, listen to, and have around.
     
     
      
    This spring we decided to see if we could get some more babies from Momma.  So when the weather started to warm up we started leaving the eggs she layed in her house.  Eventually, she built a nest and stopped laying eggs when she figured  she had all she could handle.  Of the eight eggs she laid, she discarded four.  We figure she realized they weren’t developing.  So for 29 days now we have been watching to see the first sign of life. I knew something was up today when my husband was headed to the house with something small cupped in his hands.  Sure enough, it was Baby.  Still wet from his/her hatching. 
     
     
      
    From what I’ve read the hens are good at hatching their eggs but their maternal instincts don’t go much beyond that.  I’m not sure I believe that but we didn’t want to risk something happening to Baby so my husband put him/her in with some baby chickens we are now raising that  are about a week old.  The baby chickens accepted Baby with no problems.
      
    Tonight, Baby is strong, fuzzy, eating & drinking and making lots of noise!   I took this picture this evening, Baby is less than a full day old.