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  1. We use corn and duck food (brown pellet things) that you can get through decent sized pet or agricultural supply shops. Mainly they eat grass and other things growing in the garden. Just patience should tame them, although our's were incubated by us so think they are part of the family. Try finding their favourite things to eat (our's like daisies or blackcurrants) and offer it to them in your hand or near to you.
  2. Cross posted. Two drakes in that size of collection is one too many.
  3. I was going to ask the same questions. The male female ratio is interesting. Unless the fighting stops pretty quickly, which would indicate that the Mandarin has established dominance and the others are happy with it, getting rid of that one (or the disliked Teal) might be your best option.
  4. Three more pictures put up showing how quickly they are growing.
  5. The quail (a mixture of Japanese Painted and Italian Painted) have moved into an aviary now. They are a very steady temperament, and surprisingly confiding with people.
  6. Wendy told the story on the welcome forum, but I thought it might be get a bit lost on there. First (Sybil) the darkest coloured one was hatched on 31 May at 6.30am, Basil, the middle coloured one, the next day. Then as Wendy says, - "Youngest took some rearing, Polly/ Manuel had a really tough time hatching and we thought she/he wouldn't make it. One little webbed foot was stuck inside the shell. We helped with the final release and then I decided to feed tiny amounts of honeyed water on a small paint brush. eventually she/ he began to gain strength and open its eyes. It is now running around with Basil and Sybil although I don't think it can be an Appleyard as it is much smaller and the beak is much more pink. This is one tough little bird though and it very much resembles a cartoon duckling. It is just so sweet and affectionate" They all love people, sitting on your knee, etc, as well as their Eglu, which they are in during the daytime at the moment.
  7. Hi Everyone, my wife has put some pictures of our ducklings, Basil, Sybil and Polly up in the gallery http://club.omlet.co.uk/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=FawltyTowers Not sure if the link is working - it's in the First Egg Gallery, Fawlty Towers Album

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