Greetings, Dear Reader.
Well the baby chicken that hatched from under a duck, affectionately known in these parts as “Chick-Duck” (originally written about here) had a harrowing experience last night. He was hanging out with his mallard buddies around the kiddie pool…
When the wife and son went out around dusk to collect eggs, they found Chick-Duck soaking wet, and shivering. Their quick thinking probably saved Chick-Duck’s little life, as it got downright chilly last night. They brought the soaked and shivering little fellow into the barn, and put him in the enclosure with the younger ducklings and put a heat lamp on for him.
We figure that he just wanted to have as much fun as his duck buddies, so he jumped into the pool, then had a hard time getting out. Hypothermia probably set in. So the heat lamp and being in out of the wind was a good thing.
In the photo above, Chick-Duck is reunited with his nest-mates. The big kid ducks that he used to hang out with (apparently) just play a little too rough.
The branches over the pool are there to interfere with avian predators. Hawks and owls and even eagles can swoop down on unsuspecting poultry and ruin their weekend.
I am happy to report that Chick-Duck is doing fine, and has been accepted by the little ducks.