with everything set up we drove into town to pick up the little peepers. i opened the box at the post office and everyone was alive and looking (and sounding) quite well.
they were very eager to get out of the shipping box and into the brooder where they could stretch their wings and legs and get a drink. i took them out of the shipping box one by one and dipped each of their bills into the waterer to make sure they knew where to get a drink. they were all pretty thirsty. they also started eating right away too. always good to see them eating well and running around like crazy right at the start. well, actually they're sort of staggering around like little drunken sailors right now. they haven't quite got their legs figured out yet but they all seem very healthy and they're great fun to watch.
|chocolate runner ducklings eager to get out of the shipping box and into the brooder|
|ducklings sexed as females got a white leg band, males got a black band|
and here they are in action...