Wondering how our little spring babies are now doing? Here is an update! 🙂
This beauty is Bella, one of our white muscovy ladies. Her babies are about 6 weeks old now and almost fully grown. It looks like there are 3 males and 3 females there – very tidy and even! These babies will soon be moving to their new home in the local Food Forest – we bred them specifically for them, as their previous flock of muscovy ducks has flown off…
Our 6 gorgeous little lionhead babies are 2 months old now! They are very healthy and oh so cute!! We had a few unexpected litters after that, so the cages are now very full… I hope I can keep most of these babies, but we will have to find new homes for some, especially the males… To make sure that in a few months’ time, we won’t be presented with more little lionheads!!
Last Friday, I let them all (plus mums and little brothers and sisters) run around free for a while. They had a whale of a time! Some cute hoppy-jumpy pictures:
Don’t they look sweet, fluffy and and harmonious? Mind you, I’m not showing you pictures of the time Bobby, our male lionhoad, escaped, managed to get into his sons’ cage and a vicious fight followed, with fur flying, teeth flashing and ears being ripped. Rabbits might look like cuddly toys but they are ferociously territorial..!
This is Layla (night), our black hen. She and some of her sisters hatched out a batch of baby chicks four weeks ago. The chicks are almost fully feathered now, but still love sleeping under their mum! It’s kind of too early to see, but I suspect the reddish-yellow one on the ladder is a little rooster. What makes me say that..? Well, this:
Him and the little black-white barred one were locked in a wrestling match for ages. I even started thinking they had been caught in a wire or something and they were stuck to each other by the necks. But no, they were fighting. Or playfighting, I’m not sure. Anyway, if that’s not roostery behaviour, I don’t know what is!!
The little quail chicks are now about 2 weeks old! Yes they grow really fast… They have doubled their size and grown feathers all over their bodies! Only their heads are still fuzzy and striped. These little quail are precious to me, because they have been hatched by their mother, which is rare. I’m going to keep them separately and try to develop a strain of quail that hatches their own eggs! 🙂
Of the 4 Welsh Harlequin ducklings that originally hatched, only 2 survived… I suspect the crows. The 2 remaining ducklings are now about 3 weeks old. Strangely enough, their mother has deserted them. They haven’t even grown feathers yet. I haven’t seen a duck mother leave her babies so early. They will be OK, they can swim and eat by themselves and the weather is mild enough for them not to need extra heat. They are very pretty with their dark bills and legs. I hope they grow up to be beautiful adults!
These guinea pig babies are now about a month old. Oh god!! That means I have to separate the males quickly! Guinea pigs grow up quickly and at a month of age, they are theoretically fertile. I definitely don’t want the little males to make new babies with their sisters or mummies. That will be tomorrow’s task!
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed! ❤