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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Animal Care.

For this BB, you will breed a broody duck and raise at least six ducklings!


(source: Pinterest.com)

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - breed a broody duck and raise six ducklings

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
      - caring for a broody duck
      - caring for the duck while sitting on at least six eggs
      - caring for the duck and at least six ducklings
      - six ducklings that are all at least one week old
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Does the mother have to hatch out all 6 eggs in one attempt, or can I show multiple Mama's hatching out eggs to equal 6 or more?

Also, do the eggs all have to be hers? Sometimes it's important to bring in other eggs to add genetic diversity to the flock, or have the mother raise eggs from more desirable ducks.

In 2015, our duck, Flutter Mama, raised 5 ducklings. She sat on them in the bushes, so I don't have any pictures of her sitting on the eggs. So, I included a picture of one of her ducklings--Twilight--who grew up to hatch out a few batches of eggs.

Here's all six: Rarity & Maud (the two black ones), Trixie (the solid grey one), and  Apple Jack and Big Mac (the lighter grey ones)

More documentation:

Here's where I posted about Flutter Mama and her first flock: https://permies.com/t/20373/duckling-pictures#390964

And here's where I posted about Twilight and her babies: https://permies.com/t/20373/duckling-pictures#719076 (note: all but one of these she hatched out were not her own. I wanted more blue-egg layers, so I put another duck's blue eggs under her, and let her keep one of her own)

Here's pictures of Twilight's babies, 7 months after they hatched out. I can put arrows on the ones that are hers, if you want: https://permies.com/t/98677/nice-photo-garden-chickens-ducks#819927

grey duck with white ring on her neck is Trixie, the two largely black ducks are Maud and Rarity. The dark grey magpie-looking &amp;nbsp;(grey with white bib) drake is Big Mac. The other two grey magpie-looking ducks are Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash


And now for the other pictures leading up to the above picture:
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This is Flutter Mama. Five years ago she hid in the bushes seen behind you, and came out with 5 ducklings
This is Flutter Mama. Five years ago she hid in the bushes seen behind you, and came out with 5 ducklings
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Here she is with the ducklings a bit older. They loved tomatoes!
Here she is with the ducklings a bit older. They loved tomatoes!
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On the left of this picture, you'll see them all a bit older
On the left of this picture, you'll see them all a bit older
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Another picture of four of them (some scurried off at that moment)
Another picture of four of them (some scurried off at that moment)
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And here they are all grown up!
And here they are all grown up!
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One of her daughters (Twilight) grew up and hatched out 6 more ducklings in June of 2018
One of her daughters (Twilight) grew up and hatched out 6 more ducklings in June of 2018
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Here's all six: Rarity & Maud (the two black ones), Trixie (the solid grey one), and Apple Jack and Big Mac (the lighter grey ones)
Here's all six: Rarity & Maud (the two black ones), Trixie (the solid grey one), and Apple Jack and Big Mac (the lighter grey ones)
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Three days later, here they all are with Mama
Three days later, here they all are with Mama
 
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I believe the intent of all of these "breeding" BBs is to show that the critter is healthy and happy enough to raise, in this case, 6 offspring in one shot.  For birds, we deliberately left out wording that required the eggs to be hers since they often share nest boxes.  It looks like just the pictures of Twilight would satisfy the BB if you had a pic when they were at least a week old...
 
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Yay!

The wording says "at least 1 week old." Here they all are at 7 months old:

flock of mixed ducks on a grassy hill
grey duck with white ring on her neck is Trixie, the two largely black ducks are Maud and Rarity. The dark grey magpie-looking (grey with white bib) drake is Big Mac. The other two grey magpie-looking ducks are Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash


Though, of course, at that age, they aren't ducklings really. But, I did find a picture of them at a week and one day. They hatched out on June 10th, 2018, and here's one from June 18th,2018.
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Taken June 18th! She kept the ducklings in the pond almost the whole time to keep them safe.
Taken June 18th! She kept the ducklings in the pond almost the whole time to keep them safe.
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Edge case BB submission
Multiple broody ducks.

This one hatched 12 ducklings.
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Hatched eggs
Hatched eggs
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One or two days old
One or two days old
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Between a week and two week old
Between a week and two week old
Staff note (gir bot) :

Someone flagged this submission as an edge case BB.
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Note: I'm sorry, it has to be the same broody duck in all the pics

 
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