Duckling Weight Chart: Week 1

Duckling #1 weighs 39 grams!

One of the things I wanted to monitor from day one was the ducklings’ weights. Apart from checking on healthy weight gain, it was another way to identify the different ducklings since they look so similar at this stage.

The following are values I tabulated from daily measurements of the duck’s weights and shows the exponential increase over time. Values are not accurate, just indicative. (See notes below.)

Period: 11/5/15 to 17/5/15

Duck # 11/5 12/5 13/5 14/5 15/5 16/5 17/5
1 39 42(+3) 49(+7) 62(+13) 73(+11) 88(+15) 112(+24)
2 38 38 44(+6) 53(+9) 65(+12) 80(+15) 99(+19)
3 36 38(+2) 44(+6) 53(+9) 65(+12) 78(+13) 98(+20)
4 35 35 39(+4) 53(+14) 60(+7) 70(+10) 92(+22)
5 34 33(-1) 36(+3) 45(+9) 55(+10) 65(+10) 83(+18)

Notes:

  1. Weights in grams, taken using kitchen scale with plastic tray for duckling to stand in while being weighed. Weight of tray is subtracted from total.
  2. Ducklings can’t be kept still. Weight is only approximate between max and min readings seen while duck is struggling to get off.
  3. As ducklings are not marked with leg band or similar, the respective values corresponding to duck # are only assumed based on likelihood.
  4. Increase in weight compared to previous day is in parantheses.
  5. Time of day that weight is taken – usually around 9am but can vary by 10 hours or more depending on ease of catching ducks at the time.
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