the ducklings are all here…..
So, as of Wednesday, the entire flock of 160 girl ducks are together here. I moved the last bunch of 50 girl ducks, now 2 months old, from my friend’s farm to mine- in the back of the Subaru. It was a messy time, but they are very happy to be in the spacious hoophouse, all sunny and ventilated. The cozy milkhouse they were raised in was getting a bit stuffy, and cramped, so a very happy day to bring them home to their new spacious, sun-lit hoophouse quarters! Soon they’ll be outside -when they feel like it. They came out a bit today to enjoy and scope out the giant outdoors!
As soon as it is spring, they’ll be outdoors for the entire season, snacking away on greens, grass, bugs and enjoying the wide outdoors.The hoophouse feels like the outdoors, but protected from the worst weather. It is not heated, or even airtight- in fact the open-ness of it keeps the air in there well ventilated and my birds stay healthy and hardy this way. No eggs are being laid yet, but expect the first ones to come early March.
I have two doe goats ready to kid very soon. They always keep me guessing. My running joke is that I know nothing about goats! Every year there are surprises. Vanessa and Metallika’s udders have grown tremendously in the last couple days, so I expect some babies to pop out any day.
Metallika has been with me three years, she has had twins the first two years, so this year it is very likely she’ll have triplets. She’s always been a great mom and has her kids without any troubles. Last year she had them when I was out with one of my sisters, and we returned to see one of her kids standing in the pasture balling his head off, and the other just born and she was cleaning him off. Those boys were named Chicken and Biscuit. Half La Mancha, half Boer. Nice chunky little guys with elf-like ears.