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 seven full-grown ducks from Nikki & Eddie Garey and I appreciate them so much.
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.
I’ll be making lots of beautiful and mouth-watering pound cakes for hubby.
Last night I made two egg custard pies, my favorite! The duck eggs helped to fill the deep dish pie crust up to the rim!! I am getting two eggs a day now and will be using the next ones for making my loaf bread and rolls.
From left to right, duck egg, white chicken egg and brown chicken eggs. Most all of my chicken eggs would be considered large if bought in a grocery store.
This is the last carton of beautiful duck eggs given to me and I stuck a brown chicken egg in the carton to show the difference in size.
These are American Pekin Ducks and the Pekin duck is a domesticated duck used primarily for egg and meat production. We will have them for their egg production and beauty on our pond.
They love the pond and love grazing the lawn around the pond and through the garden searching for night crawlers (WORMS). It’s very entertaining watching them playing in the water and noodling around the pond edge searching for food.
They’re resting now after a good swim and cleaning. I think they’re one of the best birds at cleaning and oiling themselves, especially after a run through the garden. They come out with their breasts brown and yucky and just a few minutes in the pond and they’re snow-white!
We got another batch of wintry mix last night that started as rain.
Nine inches so far and it’s still snowing.
It’s peaceful and quiet! The only thing moving this morning are the birds at the feeders and a red fox at our pond. He had caught a mole and was heading back to his den with breakfast (I never have the camera in my hand for shots like this).
Hubby has gone out to feed the cattle and check for new babies. Thank goodness those expectant mothers held out for at least another day.
It’s still snowing but supposed to end sometime this afternoon but not looking much like it right now. Everyone stay warm and enjoy the bright whiteness while you can. As farmers we don’t mind this very much because we know our fields, pastures and garden will grow abundantly in the coming months!
Have a great second day of spring!!
You know that summer is coming to an end when the kids start back to school but the real clues are when the garden is being cleaned off for the fall crops, the woodshed is full and the cellar shelves are stocked. I was riding home yesterday and saw a hint of gold and orange in the tops of maple trees on our road. Last night we saw a herd of deer near the house and three of the larger bucks had lost the velvet from their horns. The apples are starting to drop and the wildlife is scarfing it up almost before it hits the ground. The hummingbird population has dropped from 30 to 10 or 12. The chickens molt has come to an end and the new feathers are shining. The cats and dogs on the farm have almost quit shedding. The katydids are screaming way before dark and the evening porch sitting is so much cooler. Best of all, the screech owls are calling!! Fall is near!!
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