This week has been busy and I haven’t had a chance to write as much as I’d like, but life has been happening.
We have been busy with commitments off the homestead, so our garden is in desperate need of some weeding, I hope to get to it this week. Everything is coming up well and we have spinach, chard, radishes and herbs ready to eat.
The ducklings are growing like bad weeds, I had forgotten how messy ducklings are. We have been spoiled these last few years in letting the ducks raise their own little ones. Having 5 ducklings in the house means I’m cleaning them out every other day to keep the smell from overwhelming the house. While I clean out their brooder box they hang out in the bathtub (Leighton’s bathtub 🙂 ).
The 5 Orpington chicks that hatched a few weeks ago are growing well, unfortunately, out of the 5 it looks like 4 are roosters. They will be used for breeding (if they meet standards), or added to our meat chickens.
We haven’t had a chance to finish our chicken tractor or the watering system we are hoping to set up in the chicken pen, they are on our to-do list for this week and next.
We have been getting a lot of rain lately, this is great for the ducks and garden but I’m getting tired of it.
When we finished the new duck and chicken pen we had to cross the ditch. Leighton closed in the bottom with left over wood from our deck and sealed it with some ground, this acts as a dam so the water level stays about a foot higher in the duck pen.
Our trio of Pekin ducks are proving to be great egg layers. I’m hoping to add some more eggs to the incubator soon.
One of our Dorking hens (the one who abandoned her 5 chicks) has disappeared, about a week ago she didn’t come in to roost for the night and I couldn’t find her anywhere. We figured she had jumped out and had gotten eaten by something, but she showed up the next morning. She didn’t come in to roost the next night, and that has been the pattern every night since. I’m hoping she is sitting on a nest somewhere in the pen, but I haven’t been able to find it. We will see in 21 days, and now we know our new fence is predator proof because she hasn’t been eaten by anything. 🙂
The other Dorking hen with her not-so-little chick.
What is on your to-do list this week?