When it comes to capturing adorable Easter and spring photos, you really can’t go wrong with little ducklings. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to raise your own ducks to use during photoshoots, but it’s just not that simple. Instead of fussing through these steps to raise ducks to get cute, yellow ducklings, try downloading this Little Duckling animal overlay to add to your photography materials. If, however, you are ready for the challenge, you better start now so you can have your ducks in a row just in time for spring photos!

Did you know it takes ducks an average of two weeks to lay eggs?

A typical duckling is one of a dozen or so eggs that are laid at once. The mama duck lays one egg per day, and it can take about two weeks for every egg to form and for the mother duck to add it to her clutch. (A clutch is the group of eggs waiting to hatch).

Following the clutch creation is incubation.

The incubation period for ducks is between 25 and 29 days, on average. The incubation period begins as soon as the last egg is laid and the duck sits on the clutch. Her body heat speeds up the hatching process because it allows the ducks to focus on growing instead of surviving during the typically cold spring temperatures.

Commonly, ducklings hatch after six weeks following the laying of the first egg.

Domestic ducks are great for hatching little ducklings, and it typically takes about a month after incubation starts, but remember that incubation doesn’t start until the last egg is laid. Once eggs start to crack, all ducklings will hatch within 24 to 48 hours. 

Little ducklings are so cute and so soft, but can you imagine trying to get the little newborn ducklings to behave well during a spring photoshoot? It seems pretty unrealistic. Even though it’s fun to learn about how little ducklings hatch and to think about just how soft they may be in our hands, do you really want to try and use live ducks for every Easter photoshoot?

I sure didn’t! That’s why I created the Little Ducklings animal overlay.

I wanted something that was extremely simple and hassle-free. When I use the animal overlay, I use a simple PNG of the ducklings that I can copy and paste into any photo. Since it’s an overlay, the setting is interchangeable. Whether you want to host a photoshoot on a lovely green lawn or in a field full of hibernating beauty as I have done in these examples, the little ducklings add a simple touch of life to an already precious picture.

Raising your own ducks can cost a hefty chunk of change, but downloading the animal overlay is just $15, and it’s yours to keep forever. All you have to do is purchase the animal overlay and a download will start instantly. I even offer a free video tutorial to show you just how to use these specific photography materials in your collection.

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