I gave the Puddle Ducks their very first treat of greens this weekend!
They turn one week old today, so they were still young yet as far as treats go, but I was too excited to wait any longer. And as Acting Duck Mama, I decided that it was completely my prerogative to give it to them early. Ducklings in the wild would be sampling the greenery at this age, so why not the Puddle Ducks?
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I have read that there are some things that you shouldn’t give to young ducklings, notably larger or harder foods that they might choke on. A treat that is generally considered safe though is lettuce, or other greens. I picked some baby lettuce leaves straight out of the garden, chopped them up finely and soaked them in a small plate of water.
I also added a sprinkling of brewer’s (or nutritional) yeast, to help with their niacin intake. I add a tablespoon to the top of their food daily, but there always seems to be a lot of it left in the corner after the ducklings have eaten everything else. So they get some in their treats, too.
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Then, I presented it with a flourish to the ducklings.
They went absolutely nuts with joy! Who knew chopped up lettuce leaves soaked in water on a plate could bring such a rush of happiness to ducks and people alike?!
I think that’s one of my favorite things about ducklings so far. They are just happy little creatures. And they make us happy in turn! When we check on them in the morning and throughout the day, they run toward us peeping and wagging their tails. Like puppies! They beg to be let out of their brooder and set free in the house, where they can follow us around and run wildly and drunkenly and do other duckling things. And if it weren’t for the copious amounts of wet poo they produce, I would let them all day long.
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As it is, we let them out for a couple of hours a day, cordoned off in the dining area, where we sit with them and exclaim over their cuteness.
Oh, my life. It is such an exciting one. I am 35 years old and I’ve never yet ridden in an airplane, taken a nice vacation, or owned a new car. But I don’t mind. I’ve got Puddle Ducks eating lettuce.
And I’ll take that any day of the week.