It’s been about 5 days since our little ducklings hatched and boy have they grown! They came out as these little, scrawny, incapable ducklings, and are now cute little yellow fluffballs!
The process of seeing these ducklings hatch was rather eye opening for a majority of my students. Many of them had never held a ducklings while others (my Filipino students) wanted to eat the partially developed eggs, a dish called Balut. You can read more about that here.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to witness a duckling, or chicken for that matter, hatch from an egg, it’s a spectacular occurrence. I was lucky enough to be able to capture the moment on film with my handy dandy GoPro.
The entire process takes about 24 hours. These guys started making a fuss on Wednesday March 29th when I noticed small little cracks in their shells. From then it takes a while for them to fully emerge from the shell. There was not much more activity until the following morning.
Thursday was full of curious students peaking into the incubator to see the eggs shake and roll around as the duckling inside tried make their appearance. All throughout the day students wandered into and out of my room looking at our new little ducks. Mind you, at first, they’re not very much to look at, as you’ll see in the video. But give them a day or two and they fluff up to sheer cuteness!
Here is the a video of our fastest hatcher. If you want to just see the duckling emerging from the shell, skip to minute 2:04. Enjoy!
We currently have 5 Welsh Harlequins that are a week old. In the next day or two we should have another 5 hatching, but these will be Muscovy ducks.