I’ve had these two ducks for almost three years and Daisy has given me beautiful eggs almost the entire time. She currently is in winter hiatus, I believe. I’ve been looking for more Pekin ducks for over a year with no luck.
If I don’t find 3-5 more by spring I will raise some and hopefully the majority of them will be ducks and not drakes.
So spring will find me bringing new ducks, chickens and turkeys to the farm. With all this poultry and the greenhouse, I should be a busy but very happy farm girl!!
You would think that I have enough to do on the farm but alas NO!! I have a friend that had a big flock of ducks and she had been giving me her duck eggs because they don’t eat them. They butchered most of their flock and asked me if I wanted the what was left over.
I got two drakes and five hens and what a beautiful addition to our farm animals. It only took one day for them to get use to their new owners and home. They’re very easy to tend to, all I do is put out feed which is usually whole corn and maybe some leftover biscuits crumbled up for them. They get water from the pond and in the winter I will keep a trough of warm water out for them to drink. They don’t like being cooped up, so they’re free to range the farm as they wish!
I’m very lucky to have them because I love to bake with duck eggs and they are awesome when making French toast, cakes and pies.
Please forgive my silence. Between the garden, animals and the issues unforeseen, I’ve just been inundated with work and only open the computer a couple times a week.
Our granddaughter graduated from high school in June and starts college in a couple weeks. Where has the time gone!!!
On top of that we have a brand new grandson born three months early and he’s in New Jersey (450+ miles from Virginia). He’s in a neonatal unit at Children’s Hospital in New Jersey. His mother had some major health issues which caused toxemia and the baby had to be delivered early on July 8th. He weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces and 14 inches long. He’s a little fighter and gained some weight and now weighs 3 pounds and 15 inches long. Declan Bryant is his name. He’s having some serious issues this week and the little guy is exhausted. Shawn, our son, is in New Jersey this weekend to see him for the second time and he’s keeping us updated.
I’ve been canning and freezing green beans, broccoli, cabbage, pickles, squash, apples, rhubarb and Eddie told me last night that I’ll have more beans in the coming week and corn after that. We’ve pulled the onions and waiting on the brussel sprouts. We have a crock of kraut fermenting now and hope it’ll be ready before anything else comes in.
I’ve taken on two part-time jobs working on websites for two sisters and working away from the house on one of them 2-3 days a week. The other one I do from home. It’s a little extra spending money. Our big yardsale/estate sale was for one day and we cleaned out one house on the farm and made around $2500.00. I’m in the process of filling it up again from the other buildings and we may have one more sale next spring just to get rid of it all.
This is enough news for now but will catch up again later. I haven’t touched my blog in some time but haven’t given up on it.
One more bit of news, neighborhood dogs that aren’t watched after cleaned out our duck population in one night back in June, I think, and another one got in my chickens this week. I’m down to 21 hens and two roosters at this point.
This is just a quick catch up and I’ll hopefully be back soon! Love you my friends and want to ask you all to keep our grandson and son in your prayers.
We’ve added stock of a different kind on the farm that we’ve not had here in a long time or never.
First to arrive were two Swedish Black ducks that were supposed to be mallard ducks. Our granddaughter fell in love with them right off at Tractor Supply.
Like all babies they grow so fast and boy did they!
Victoria’s boyfriend, Cody, built them a nice hutch which we kept close to the pond but had it shielded from predators.
Papa told her they weren’t mallard ducks and she did the research to find out what kind of duck they were. In the meantime and while she thought they were mallard ducks, Papa told her that mallard ducks would migrate in the fall unless they grew up with domestic ducks. She was devastated and talked him into letting her have a couple white ducks to grow up with and he relented. She came home with seven white ducklings. Pablo and Gwen were jealous and soon taught them they were the head-honchos on this farm!!
Here’s the gaggle of ducks (or is that for geese?)! We also inherited another duck from a lady that got one for Easter and kept it in her home (after full-grown) and finally decided a full-grown duck did not belong in the house. Her name is Fiona and she is full-grown compared to these and they all live happily together on the pond.
Then we decided to raise rabbits and I bought two female lops from a friend of ours and a un-related buck. We’ve had them since the first week of April and they were bred a few days before I picked them up.
On May 8th, Cleome had three little ones but one did not make it. It was a three weeks before Marigold introduced her little ones to me and we thought she had seven but today after weaning them from their mama’s we found out she had eight. They are all now in their big playpen together and giving mom’s a much needed rest so they can gain back some weight and grown their beautiful coats back. Here are the two litters combined and they have been eating fresh grass, rabbit grain, apples and carrots for a week now.
So, we have 10 ducks, 13 rabbits, 29 chickens and about 75 head of cows and calves on the farm currently. Today one of my older hens decided to go broody and set so I foresee baby chicks in a few weeks to add to the menagerie!