Monday, April 30, 2012

There be Ducks A-Growin'!

On Saturday, Meaghan returned home from her Dad's house to find out the good news; Sean and I "candled" a couple of duck eggs from the nest while Momma Duck was out getting some breakfast and we found... signs of ducklings growing!

If you look closely, you can make out tiny red veins starting to branch off of the yolk portion in the egg in this picture to the right. In the photo below, to the naked eye, the veining is significantly smaller, but it is there and you can definately see the size of the yolk is larger within the shell.

We took these pictures with the overhead light off in the bathroom. Sean held the egg carefully and I shined a flashlight on them from behind. This is an excellent sign and we all were excited about the possibilities. There are 14 eggs being set upon in the nest. We are hoping that 8-10 of these hatch baby Mallards in a couple more weeks.

Today, Sean and I checked them again. I didn't have my camera near to take pictures, but there has been definately more definition in the growth of the baby ducklings. I will try to contain myself from checking again until Friday and post more pictures of their progress then for you all.

I hope you all have a great day!
Sonja ♥

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