On Monday we were very excited to receive 6 duck eggs and an incubator.
It was all set up for us and the cage the ducklings will live in is ready, for them.
You can view the webcam we have trained onto the eggs (no sound for privacy reasons) by going to our birdbox feed at http://www.seenature.org.uk/schools/miers-court-primary-school/
There is also some video on our gallery pages, click on http://www.mierscourt.medway.sch.uk/gallery/ as these news pages can't handle video.
One of the eggs has "pipped" overnight. This is the first little hole that the duckling makes with its egg tooth when it will begin to breathe air normally. Look carefully in the first photo.
This morning at least four of the eggs have pipped now and we can hear the eggs cheeping inside the eggs. Maybe today......
Wednesday lunchtime and the first duckling has hatched right in front of our eyes......It is now resting and needs at least 6 more hours in the incubator to dry out properly.
2.30 and a second chick has hatched and is resting and drying.
Thursday morning 11/05:
We cam in to find two more chicks have hatched in the night so it really was crowded in the incubator! All four chicks have now moved into their straw-lined cage and have found the heater and are cuddling up and building their strength. We are now watching the other two eggs hopefully and waiting to see if we need to teach the chicks how to eat and drink.
Monday 15th May:
Our ducklings have grown enormously over the weekend, nearly doubling in size. Their egg teeth have dropped off and we can just see their down turning to feathers on their tails. They are very noisy and even make noises when they are asleep! Here are a couple of photos of them having their first swim and there is a video on the gallery page too. They can swim as soon as they are steady on their feet but they can only have 5 minutes as they get waterlogged as they don't yet have feathers with oil in them. We also have to give them a cuddle to dry them in a towel when they get out.
Today the ducklings went back to the farm where they will live with their families and continue to grow. They still need access to warmth for the next couple of weeks then they will move outside with all the others. We have really enjoyed watching them grow here.
More information about the farm is available at https://www.incredibleeggs.co.uk/