Above is a picture of them taking their first bath after coming home from The Tractor Supply Store. I had to admit they were cute and I didn't want to take them back, but I did call the store to tell them: "These ducks are Rouens and not Mallards. Mallard ducks can fly and migrate whereas these Rouens are a domestic duck that have lost the ability to fly".
The above picture shows some of the wear and tear on the Bermuda grass in my back yard. Its quickly becoming a muddy mess. It's caused by me constantly walking to the pen to clean it each day.
But one good thing has come from having the Rouen ducklings around already and that is the Pekin ducks are now interested in the pond for the first time at the age of 10 months. I was determined to correct my mistakes this time around and get the new ducklings on the pond as soon as possible. My Pekins have NEVER shown any interest in the pond and stay only in my yard, swimming out of a plastic tub each day. When I took the two Rouen ducklings to the pond, the Pekins were very inquisitive, following along and watching. Seeing the baby ducklings in the water was what they needed to feel safe about the pond, I guess. Above is a picture of the Pekins drinking from the pond for the first time and then a few minutes later...
Gertrude's on the pond. Evie followed and they enjoyed their first bath in the pond. I was so happy. I put their food bowl near the water's edge and have left their normal plastic tubs near the house empty to encourage them to stay at the pond all day.
Below are the female Rouen on the left, and male on the right. At one week old, they're just a little bigger than the palm of my hand. I'd hoped that the two female Pekin ducks would foster the baby ducklings, but the Pekins won't let them anywhere near them. So I keep them close by me at all times. When I need to be inside the house, I put them in a large open container that's deep enough so they can't jump out. And if the weather is nice, I put them in a secure outside cage.
Below is a picture of their cage outside. Today it's going to be 60 degrees, so they're safe and happy, able to climb in and out of the bath and get some sunshine. The cage is fully enclosed and has double mesh wire to keep out any predators.