When we went to pick up the donkeys at the Animal Rescue League, they kindly let us borrow their 2 horse livestock trailer. This was tremendously helpful because we normally put our animals in the back of our pickup. Kelly made a stock rack for it and we once had 7 Nubian goats in the back of a Ford Ranger. Quite a sight to see! Anyway, the donkeys were happy with the trailer, so the day after picking them up, Kelly took the trailer back. And guess what he came home with?!
We are the proud rescuers of 11 mixed ducks!
There are four ducks that are yellowish and small. there are four that are creamy white-ish and larger. There are two dark coloured ones with feet that have dark and light splotches, and one that is sort of brownish grey with a stripe on its head. The ages of these ducks are unknown.
The best guesses I can get (from my online poultry group) are blue Swedish for the 2 black ones...
...possibly a domestic mallard for the stripey-headed one...
... and maybe Campbell's or Pekin ducks for the others.
Does anyone have duck experience and want to give a guess on breeds or ages?
I haven't given them names. It would be too difficult because other than the 3 black and stripe ones, they all look sort of similar to each other. Thus, they are presently "Ducklings" and will grow up to be "Ducks" as a group name. As in...."Heeeere, ducks ducks ducks" when I will go out to feed them. Right now, they are living in a 2 foot high aluminum tank in our basement. It's 5 and a half feet wide.
They are doing just fine in there for now. They are hungry and thirsty little ducklings!
They tend to move as a single group - they do not do things individually. If they eat, they all move towards the feed dish in a single motion. Then they all move to the water. It's as if they are programmed. They make me laugh. If I move quickly around them, they quickly back up, but all together as a group. They sort of make a noise that is something in between a peep and a quack. The smaller (younger) ones are more peepy and the bigger (older?) ones are more quacky.
They will stay indoors until it is warmer outside. I am looking forward to their first day in the bathtub for swimming lessons with me, "Mother Duck" teaching them how to swim. They will probably figure it out quite handily (footily?) without me.