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An Update on the Birds and the Bees: Summer Maintenance

Ahh, it’s summertime and the living is easy….oh wait, no…. It’s summertime and there is an awful lot of things to be getting done.  But you know how it is, critters need tending, the bugs want to attack the garden, have to harvest stuff before it is attacked by bugs and then, of course, the lawn wants to grow and grow.  Plus, since it is hot you go out, do stuff and the energy is drained right from your being.
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And Then I Lost a Duck

We’ve been having some issues with various pests in the garden.  Some little bugs like to show up and munch on things like the broccoli and the squash.  While we have gone through and picked some off and feed them to the ducks and sprayed some neem oil, we thought it might be time to try something else as well.  So I decided that I would put a couple ducks into the garden for a few hours one day. Continue reading

Keep on Keeping On, Life’s a Garden – Dig It!

Not a whole lot to write about at this point.  We are just keeping the homestead moving along.  The ducks and chickens that are outside seem to be doing well.  It looks like some of the Barred Rocks that we got are in fact boys.  This means that we will need to have some plans change for them in the upcoming months.  For now, they are all just fun to watch.
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Just What is Going on with the Livestock

First, there were bees and bees were simple.  But then we moved into trying out other livestocks (poultry this year).  I had a plan of getting 12 ducks.  I thought that would give me plenty to deal with and then I would be able to see about growing the operation in future years.  Well, that isn’t exactly as things went.  First, we added on some chickens and a couple more ducks.  Then, the other day my wife returned home from work with some additions.
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Livestock Update: Just What Do We Have Around Here

So we have technically had livestock since shortly after we moved in here.  As bees are lifeforms that are kept to produce honey, they are considered livestock and since we got them a little after we moved in, nearly a year of livestock.  But this year we have acquired some additional livestock around these parts.  I’ve written a bit about the 12 khaki campbells that moved in in January, but recently there have been a few new additions as well.

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Building a Duck House

As you have no doubt seen if you have been following the instaham feed, it was time to construct an outside kind of home for the ducks.  I’ve seen various sources that they’ve moved their ducks out after two weeks with a heat lamp and others stated that 4 weeks was enough and some said 6 weeks was good.  Since I started in January I wanted to make sure it was warm enough for them and they wouldn’t get too cold.  Seems that 8 weeks was the right amount of time, partly because I was running out of space for them in the brooder area.
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What of the Ducks: Your Weekly Duckling Update

The little ducklings continue to grow, while they have perhaps slowed on getting bigger, it has been interesting watching their adult feathers come in.  Some of them have begun quacking, others are still peeping.  Since the last time I wrote about them we’ve had some, shall we say, adventures.  Don’t worry, everyone is still with us.
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Another Update on Growing Ducks

Well, it seems that these ducks just keep growing.  I got my fencing in and it is up and has the charger attached and should be working well.  I need to go out and use the tester that I got to verify the fence is on and electrified.  I know there is the other way…but I have a tester so I might as well go ahead and use it.
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