mother duck and ducklings
One of my Indian Runner Ducks has hatched two eggs. This variety has a reputation for being questionable mothers, but sometimes they do alright. Now, I need to decide whether to remove the ducklings to a brooder or keep the family together. It's less risky, but seems like an awful thing to do, as the mother is doing really well with them so far. The three most experienced people I know have advised to keep them together, and just protect them from the rest of the flock, so that's where I'm currently leaning.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as cute as a day old duckling....