I have build a new duckling run between the stable and the workshop building. Now the ducklings can get outside the stable to get fresh air and stretch their legs under the blue sky without being in danger from our cats or our Bailey the dog. Now that the fence is up Bailey seems to be less excited and is only sitting there and watching at the duckling. I make sure to reward him when he sits there calmly. I will keep the duckling contained in this run until they are at least 4-5 weeks old.
We have a pair of Swallows nesting in the workshop and today I saw the new babies learning to fly for the very first time :) May they be out of harms way.