On Friday Jamie called me to tell me that he had found three little wild ducks. They were only about two days old and seemingly without their mum. He found them along the railway line and he looked up and down and couldn't find a sign of their mum. He had popped them in a box with a hot water bottle wrapped in an old jumper along with a snack. We weren't sure if they would make it but they did fine.
I have a clucky silkie here and her eggs didn't hatch so we thought, maybe, we could put them in with her. I posted the question on ALS and the ladies 'in the know' said that a silkie would be a good option (if we were sure that their real mum wasn't coming back!) We waited until about 11pm then crept up to her broody box with a blue light and snuck the little ducks under her. She wasn't very impressed to start with! We persevered until the cold took hold and we all decided to call it a night. We still weren't sure if she would keep them warm enough over night. I jumped up early and went for a look. How cute is this!
The ducklings must be bi-lingual as mum is clucking away happily and the little ones are peeping back! Everyone is Happy!