I show you my really simple set up for sprouting the seeds, if you want to see this system used for barley fodder and it used more in depth, you can see this older video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbJwbnSrdT0
Then we check in on our two broody muscovy girls, they are doing well enough.
I show you the progress from our recent work with Jack weekend and we are getting very close to the “big move”. The geese are going to the processor on Thursday.
I also take you to see their soon to be new digs. I got their fencing redone in that area now. The new area is going to be a lot better density wise an the chickens will soon be gone along with the barnyard mafia. Buddy and Joe will stay on board as guard geese.
Lastly I explain how sealing a pond with duck poop works and why the same thing doesn’t happen with swales.
This was posted in the blog comments today, I have been listening to it while cycling email before breakfast and realized how in sync with some of my shows it is. So while I am away you guys might want to check it out.
It is in a video but you don’t really need to watch it. So it ends up being a great free audio book. So spot on it is scary. I really do love Stefan Molyneux
Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Three – A Poor Little Stranded Ducks Plea we are about to deal with a muddy mess. The temps are on the rise, sheets of ice are falling off the roof and everything will soon be a muddy mess.
For now though there is still a lot of ice and the birds are having a difficult time moving around. Slipping and sliding is the rule of the morning.
We also had a poor little duckling that managed to strand herself inside the hole of a cinder block. She wasn’t moving and I was afraid she suffocated but as soon as I pulled her out she was good to go, all be it filthy with mud.
The ice cleats I am mention in this video are called Stabilicers, if you deal with ice I highly recommend them or something like them. You can find them here, http://amzn.to/1BOhoxt
I also had to rescue one of the adult ducks today. One of our Cayuga drakes was splayed out on a sheet of ice on one of the swales and simply could not get himself out of the ditch.
Things should warm up and melt off tomorrow. We now have cold miserable rain coming, followed by a day with a high of 75, the next day will have a high of 34, bipolar indeed! I love three seasons in Texas, and then there is winter!
The cleats I am wearing in this video are called Stabilicers, sorry I couldn’t remember the name while I was filming. You can find them here, http://amzn.to/1BOhoxt
Hans, Franz and Arnold all literally looked like their feathers were frozen early this morning, but didn’t seem to care and they thawed out as soon as the sun sort of came up. More snow is on the way but it will be in the 50s tomorrow so it is all going to be gone soon.
A few of my fruit trees that went to blossom early likely got nuked, they will be fine but not produce any fruit, it really is okay they are not really read to produce much anyway. I think it was a combo of the warm winter and first year in the ground that had them come out a bit early.
Buddy and Joe have been separated from the rest of the flock. The others beat up on Buddy pretty badly and we have decided that one pair of geese is all we will keep long term. The rest will become roasted deliciousness soon.
Our broody duck went off the job so we got rid of her eggs. I will explain how you get 18 eggs under one duck today, it isn’t hard.
On The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Eight – Ain’t Winter Great we skipped yesterday due to a lot of work we had to get done this weekend but we are back today and the snow, sleet and ice is with us. In spite of the winter weather the ducklings don’t really seem bothered. They are rocking on and seem to be enjoying the snow. One more example of how much tougher ducklings are compared to chicks.
We have also selected names for the two additional Muscovy drakes from all the suggestions from viewers. Since the big drake is Arnold (as in Schwarzenegger) one viewer suggested Hans and Franz from the Saturday Night Live skit “Pump You Up” http://bit.ly/1EICYAq
So just over a half a pound gained in the last 6 days when they weighed in at 1.14 pounds on the 14th.
Keep in mind that 23 days ago they weighed about 1.8 ounces each! That means in 23 days they grew 13 fold their original size. My hope is to get them to about 2.5 pounds before full flock integration. Keep in mind the adult weight of this breed averages slightly less than 5 pounds.
Also our little limping gal has been placed in a chicken tractor to rest along with 3 sisters to keep her clam.
Mostly today I cover the topic of weed and pest control and browse utilization in a permaculture system using paddock shift grazing.