We finally had a warm, sunny afternoon. The weather beckoned us all outside and once the animal chores were done, the kids began wondering what else they could do in the sunshine. So how do kids on a farm spend a pleasant spring afternoon? By opening up a duck spa, of course.
They filled up a low spot in the driveway with water from the hose to make a large puddle. Elijah and Hannah took turns getting ducklings from the brooder and placing them in the water. Some customers were not very cooperative and had to be escorted back to their brooder. However, Elijah did find this little Blue Swedish that proved to be a rather willing participant.
The little duckling sat still and quiet while they took turns sprinkling water over its back.
Once the duckling was deemed thoroughly washed, the kids found some makeshift grooming tools courtesy of the neighboring pine tree.
The Blue Swedish is now ready for its close-up.
The kids loved being able to play with this little duckling. The more they are able to interact with a certain species, the more they enjoy and appreciate owning and caring for them on our farm. I hope with more one-on-one handling, the ducks begin to grow accustomed to people and able to socialize more with the kids.