Last year, Betty's eggshells were so hard, the ducklings had a hard time hatching and I had to assist a lot of them. Luckily it takes around 24 hours for a duckling to hatch after it pips. Why do I say luckily? Well we had places we had to go on Tuesday, so I knew we had some time before my midwifery skills might be called into action. Yup, I am an un-certified duck midwife.
By the time we got home on Tuesday afternoon, the eggs were pipping like crazy and I knew babies would be popping out some time on Wednesday. And of course, bright and early Wednesday morning, our first duckling hatched out!
Stinking cute little over achiever! By Wednesday night, the majority of the eggs had got the memo and we had 14 baby ducklings!!!! Talk about a tiny herd of cuteness!!!
Ducklings are anything but helpless after they hatch. They are ready to get up and go, nibble, explore, and become little ducks. So on Thursday morning when my co-sitting mama ducks marched their little army of cuteness into the yard, I wasn't surprised. Yup, some of these ducklings weren't even 24 hours old and they were taking on the world!