It is time for the baby Muscovy ducklings to head out of the barn and into the field. I had not quite closed the little fence inside the box stall that kept the babies and the mother inside safe from the other chickens, ducks and turkeys. I did not know if the bigger birds would bother the mother and her babies. Obviously not. I saw this mother fly out of the confined area the other day and beat up one of the other ducks. She didn't do any harm, but she was very obviously putting this particular Muscovy duck in her place, so she would stay away from the babies I would presume.
I had gone up to the house to set some dinner on the table and came back outside to do some work. What did I see? The mother Muscovy had taken the little ones out for their first stroll. She must have seen that the little fence inside the paddock had enough room for them to slip out, they were probably very overdue with their first outing and boy did they have fun. I followed her around, taking pictures and watching, what a beautiful little sight to see all these little ducklings following their mother. The Muscovys rest alot when they are young. I have seen this time and time again. They walk about 6 feet, flop down and rest for a moment or two, see that they are falling behind and run to catch up. It is so cute and funny. Enjoy the pics, and have that beautiful and most awesome day, Cindi
This was taken on May 4, long before they even thought about heading outside
This was taken on May 10, the day that they decided to hit the grasses
Heading into the apiary, where there is some really good slugs and bugs because I only let the birds in now and then to clean up stuff.
Heading home across the driveway after that long walk through the deep grass.