The ducklings and goslings love water of course, so much so, that they constantly were getting the chicks wet, which is not good for the fairer feathered friends. So, it was time to take them outside where they could splash and play to their heart's content. They do not require heat as long as chicks, but they still have a heat lamp box set on low in case they feel chilled. Most of the time, they are huddled together outside in a group or two and only at night, when the temperature drops too low, do they go into their heat box. The box is just a few pieces of old plywood, one with a hole in it for the heat lamp cord to go through and the others propped up by rocks and also jammed into the earth and the wire to hold them more or less erect. The ducklings and goslings will not put any pressure on these boards and they are really quite safe. I picked some fresh green grass for them which they demolished, so they are ready to eat grass too, in addition to their starter food. They got mud in their brooder before moving outside, but now they make their own with the dirt on the ground. Tonight I gave them some fresh hay too, some of which they ate, but they loved to nestle into it and they did. Ducks and geese are much hardier than the hardiest of chicks and so cute to watch. I love them!
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