It is not common for Khaki Campbell ducks to be setters, but last year, one duck did hatch 8 babies and this year, a different duck has a nest somewhere unknown to me. She has been sitting for a long time. Duck eggs take 28 days or a little more, depending on the diligence of the duck. An interesting sight occurred today. The Muscovy hen, who hatched 5 of her own, but only one survived, had two babies in tow today, only one was very small and unable to keep up to her. I picked him up when a goose attacked him. Geese have strong bills and possibly would have killed him and eaten him even. He is in the house in the bathroom living in a Rubbermaid until his mother emerges with the rest of her babies, hopefully in a day or two. I cuddled him in my hand and placed him next to my heart. He laid his tiny head on my chest and though he fought it, he fell asleep. I knew in that moment how sacred each life in this world truly is and how blessed I was to be holding a newly hatched baby in the palm of my hand.
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