The little Rouen (next to the older Rouen) with the striped face at the back and the little brown Khaki Campbell are so tiny compared to the cell mates. It is hard to believe there are only days difference.
The first batch of eggs set in the old incubator were picked off the snow. I am convinced they were too chilled and the hatch was not viable. Most of the eggs, duck and goose, set a week later are hatching. There is a goose egg that the gosling has already poked an air hole in and one more duckling in the incubator. He is hatched, but still had a bit of his yolk sac attached to the umbilical and it bled a bit. He is weak, but hanging in there. The ducklings and goslings are good for three days without food or water after hatching, though the little ones hatched today are busy busy splashing and playing in the mud they make. They are on dirt and sand and are happy nibbling imaginary treats in the dirt. There are some blades of grass that I picked in there as well, but they are too little to eat them yet. We shall see what tomorrow brings. There are no more duck eggs to hatch, just 5 goose eggs, which take a few days longer than ducks. I could have a good mother's day, mother to newly hatching babies! And to think, I had given up and unplugged the incubator thinking they were done.
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