Fowl play for families during pandemic


One of us: The two ducklings named Pfizer and Astra are an indispensable part of the family. — Vietnam News/ANN

Children throughout the country are going through a lonely time due to having to study online and not being able to hang out with friends.

To create fun while at home, many parents are incubating duck eggs so that their children have pets to keep them company.

Thanks to the low cost and ease of incubating the eggs, raising cute little ducklings has become a popular trend during the pandemic.

Giang Thi Hoa in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, received many compliments after sharing her story of raising ducklings at home.

She said that initially she tried to incubate five duck eggs at home, but they failed to hatch. The second time she decided to incubate 20 eggs and ended up with 16 baby ducks.

Hoa said the ducks had brought joy to her children, making playing at home more enjoyable, especially during the pandemic.

In mid-September, the family of Trinh Ngoc Tram added some lovely new members to their household, two ducks named Pfizer and Astra.

To save space, Tram and her children used their rooftop to incubate the duck eggs in shoe boxes, keeping them warm by filling the boxes with rice husks and covering them with a clean cloth.

The family carefully monitored the incubation process each morning to make sure the eggs were warm enough. On the 13th day, the eggs finally hatched bringing much happiness to Tram and her kids.

“Goodbye to delicious duck dishes such as grilled duck, duck vermicelli and duck eggs. After foolishly listening to my children and incubating eggs and raising ducks, all my favourite duck dishes are gone from the menu,” she joked.

More than two months have passed since Tram’s family decided to raise ducks at home.

Now, Pfizer and Astra are an indispensable part of the family.

Her two children are excited when talking about raising the ducklings, and the process has brought them much joy during the citywide lockdown and also helps them practise responsibility as well as teaching them about the animals. — Vietnam News/ANN

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