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I’ve named the pekins Churchill and Homer. They are not sexed, but I think the names fit.

Churchill is the bigger, fatter one. Homer is big and yellow and loves to eat.

Churchill on the left; Homer on the right.

Churchill on the left. Homer on the right.

Close-up of Churchill :

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I had never really noticed it, but Pekins have blue eyes. They are dark blue, so you can’t really tell from a distance.

 

 

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The beginning of life on the water!

But not too happy about it!

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Russian gun dogs 1907

These hunters must have been borrowing heavily from the British traditions. Two setters or a setter and pointer in the cart and black retriever in the front. These men may have even been British who brought their dogs in the Russian wild for a some “primitive” rough shooting in the¬†Irkutsk region of Siberia.

I cannot make out the birds they were hunting. Maybe snipe?

 

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Well, the Rouen duck hatch was a failure. One duckling out of 20 eggs isn’t good hatch rate.

But because the remaining duckling needs companionship to learn how to be a duck, a trip to the feed store was due.

Two Rouen/mallard crosses, which are sold as “mallards” this time of year, and two pudgy, lazy pekins were added to the brooder. The Rouen that hatched is the duck in front ¬†of the pekin that is lying down.

I used to incubate chicken eggs when I was a kid, and not a single egg hatched.

For just a few ducks, I don’t think incubating is worth it. Plus, it is crushing when you have one that was able to pip through a shell and then die, which is what happened this morning.

All the eggs in the Janoel incubator are dead. The embryos formed so perfectly for 3 weeks, and then they just died.

These five will be a good start to a flock, which will likely be augmented with Khaki Campbell mutts as the summer progresses.

So the Rouen hatch was a failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Healthy and hardy. Very social. A dinosaur that fits in the palm of your hand.

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All fluffy

Rouen duckling

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rouen duckling 1

rouen duckling 2

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