the ducklings had gotten themselves pretty filthy constantly flinging bits of feed all over each other and the inside of the brooder. i let them have a short swim in the greenhouse this afternoon. staal played lifeguard while i changed the bedding in the brooder.
they were a little hesitant at first but after i helped the first one into the water they figured it out and had a great time. they're not very oily yet so they got soaked to the skin pretty quickly. i let them swim and get themselves cleaned up for a few minutes then toweled them off a bit and put them under the heat in the freshened brooder.
beats watching fire trucks and helicopters.