Monday, October 03, 2005

Ducks are laying!

Well, we had the fracking done to the well and now we are getting 6 1/2 gallons per minute. That's even better than when it was first drilled back in 1987. We can do laundry, wash dishes, shower flush the toilet all day AND change the water in the duck's kiddie pool as often as they mess it up.

Our ducks are Indian Runner ducks. It is a breed that originated in India and was brought back to Scotland, where they were bred into good egg layers. They can lay something like 200 eggs per year.

These ducks don't waddle around like regular ducks, they stand up straight and run around with their backs straight up and down, usually quacking. They put their two cents in on anything that is going on around here. No critter makes me laugh like ducks do!

We have four, three ducks and a drake. They are all "surplus" from a hatch a nice lady in Concord had this spring. All of a sudden they have started laying big white eggs. They don't seem to have any particular care for them, but hopefully come spring at least one of the girls will have figured out that you are supposed to make a nest and sit on them, not just leave eggs strewn about the floor of your house.

If none of them decide to go "broody", we can hatch them in the incubator. As cool as it is to see a Momma duck leading her babies around, it's pretty amazing to watch them hatch through the window in an incubator.

The ducks are the only birds here that don't really have a job. The chickens produce eggs and meat, likewise the turkeys. The guineas are for bug patrol and a predator early-warning system. The duck's only job is to entertain me. The big white eggs are an added bonus.

Between the ducks and chickens, we are getting nearly a dozen eggs a day at this point. So remember if you drop by to bring an empty egg carton or two, nobody leaves here without a dozen eggs!

One of the other great things about the well being fixed is that it gives us the resources to take care of larger animals. The plans are to add pigs and goats soon!

The hooved critters will not only provide meat, milk and entertainment, they will also help to clear some of the brush and smaller trees that have grown up here. By using temporary electric fencing, we can move their grazing areas as needed and reclaim some open space to grow some garden and have a bigger yard to play in.


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