Trudy had seen somewhere that one
should feed ducks with peas, as these are much better for them than
bread, so she went to get some from our flat. We hoped to
attract them to the ramp with food, but they just did not seem
interested. Our swimming pool then had some half-frozen peas at the bottom,
as they did not float!
Ducklings Discover the Ramp
I managed with the
net to keep them within a meter of the ramp, for quite a while, then
decided to back away to see what they would do. Every time the
mother started to move away from the ramp I returned, then having
got her back again I retreated. This went on for at least
quarter of an hour, but then the mother got out of the pool quite
near the ramp, the little ducklings soon ran up the ramp safely, all
but two of them. The last two were not very clever, and kept
swimming under the ramp, eventually they too ran up and out, much to
our relief! They soon returned to the largest pond where
we think they sleep at night.
As we had not had much
excitement in our gardens, since this plague started, this was a big thing
for us and that is why I decided to include it in this story.
We went in the garden the next day (again late
afternoon), and we were so relieved that they were not in the
swimming pool. I had taken the makeshift ramp away and put it
at the side of the pool just in case it might be needed again.
What amazed us, was how much more independent they were, they were
swimming in all directions, exploring rather than staying close to
their mother and they had certainly grown quite a bit larger.
We so enjoyed watching them!
Some weeks have passed, and all those ducks and
ducklings have gone, probably to the nearby river under the new