Today was very exciting: a man called Jack came to nursery and brought us some duck eggs to look after. Jack spoke to us about how to care for the eggs and how to look after them once they hatched in to ducklings. For now we have to keep the eggs warm in an incubator.
This morning we arrived at nursery to discover a crack in the eggshells, it can take up to a day for the ducklings to peck their way out of the shells. Luckily we didn't have to wait too long and the first duckling arrived with us at lunchtime, two more arrived during the afternoon and the forth and final duckling appeared just before home time. All the ducklings are very small and need to stay in their incubator for the first night so they can rest.
Today the ducklings left the incubator and moved to their new home, they were still very tired and spent most of the day resting under their heat lamp.
The ducklings are growing, getting stronger and are starting to run around their cage already! We think it's time to name them...Preschool decide to call one Pancake as she was was first to hatch on pancake day! Pancake is the largest duckling and has been looking after the other ducklings. Tufty Ducks name their duckling fluffy because he is so fluffy. Fox Cubs name their duckling Orville and cannot wait to visit him. The smallest duckling is named by Owls and Badgers who call her Doris after storm Doris.
The ducklings have had visits from all the children today. Owls and Badgers smiled happily as they watched them waddle around the cage. Fox Cubs were very gentle as they stroked the ducklings, they thought the ducklings sounded really funny and would grow very big. Tufty Ducks came to watch the ducklings having their lunch. Preschool spent more time holding the ducklings today and spoke about what the ducklings may look like as they get older. The children think that the ducklings will change colour as they get older and think one may turn, yellow, one green, one pink and the other blue.
All the children are excited to watch the ducklings as they have their first swim, it was funny watching them as they splashed about in the water!
The ducklings have nearly doubled in size since they hatched. They have been having a great time swimming in their paddling pool and waddling around the room exploring, they have so much energy we could watch them for hours!
Today we say farewell to the ducklings, we have loved having them at nursery. Some of our families will be taking them home and we cannot wait to hear how they are getting on in their new homes.