Today we visit the baby ducks and check out their response to spinach, they seem to like it. We also get a good laugh, tune in to see why. To see all episodes of all seasons visit, www.duckchronicles.comNo comments
Today we discuss mortality rates, which are generally in the 2-3% range over large numbers of ducklings. We also discuss the breeds we have and identifying them as ducklings.
Sadly one of our ducklings died yesterday and we have one today that doesn’t look like she is going to make it either. This is a reality when brooding baby ducks.No comments
In Episode 3 of Season Three we start again at the post office picking up the balance of this week’s shipment of ducklings. We will have one more round of ducks coming next week.
We then move on to the brooder. Everyone from shipment one did well despite and over night low in the mid 30s. It was warm enough inside the “Fortress of Duckatude”. By 8 AM they were up partying at the feeders and waters and welcoming their new brooder mates by 9AM.
We finish with feeding the adult ducks, walking along the swale and peek at an upcoming meal for our Spring Workshop.No comments
A two parter today guys, once you get over 10 minutes sometimes you have issues uploading direct to YouTube from the iPhone so I broke today into two episodes.
First in Duck Chronicles – Episode Two – Quails and Little Ducks it’s Outside for You we start off with the quail in the modified chicken tractor. They are doing really well and just under one week of age. I will explain how we are able to keep them outside instead of in a brooder.
Next we move over to the baby ducks. On their second day here they are already outside as well. They are housed in a 16×16 area and seem to be adapting very quickly to it.
I also discuss how we won’t just leave them out but instead evaluate them in the early evening, make sure they are okay and then let them out for the day.
I also explain out plans for a new duck water drain system with willow trees for the night time holding area. This is a function stacking concept that will provide a ton of benefits.
In Duck Chronicles – Episode Three – A Pond the Ducks Have Yet to See I take you down to the new pond and explain how it will fit into our total system plan.
I also feed the catfish though only a few seem hungry and explain why the pond isn’t larger. I talk about why I am not totally satisfied with how it turned out.
That said it will be a valuable asset for us as a tool for fish farming and we have some plans to create some bio filtration and grow beds using it.
We will also be planting tons of mint on the pond edges as it serves many purposes. Including; holding the bank, habitat, handles the wet soil, great flowers for my bees and the ducks don’t eat it.
I also explain the plans for the west pasture and why we will be placing an excluder fence around the pond. Why we filled the pond from a hose vs. waiting for rain and you get to really see what I mean when I say rock. You will never look at my property the same way again when you see this!
Early this year we decided to increase our duck flock with 50 dedicated layers to our flock. We ordered them form our favorite supplier Metzer Farms. Metzer then took them on hatch day, packed them in a box and yes mailed them to our via the post office.
We hear from a lot of people who are afraid to order birds by mail, but it is done every day. So that morning I took out my phone and recorded picking htem out, just to show that it was okay, then I recorded gettting them home, into the brooder and out of this was born a YouTube series called, “The Duck Chronicles“.
This is a 48 episode series all shot on an iPhone that shows the journey of 50 little ducks along with the rest of our flock though the snow and ice of 2015s harsh winter and ends in early summer with the birth of more babies and seeing the new girls just about all grown up.
And guess what! We are about to do it all again, on Sept. 9th season two will begin, right where we started last time, the Lake Worth Post Office where this time 60 new little girls will start their journey at Nine Mile Farm. This is actual reality TV folks, the real way we love and care for our animals, there little victories and their struggle and occasionally their losses.
It is a good thing too that we ordered more, right now our waiting list on eggs is a mile long. More girls are starting to lay every day, we are doing the best we can. Next week the new wave of Duck Chronicles begins, until then catch up on all of season one. The entire playlist is below or can be viewed at DuckChronicles.comNo comments