Well it has been long enough in the chicken tractor for the turkey polts so today they have freedom. Unlike chickens and ducks they really bond with people and have no real fear, so the biggest danger right now is accidentally stepping on one of them.
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A rainy day in June especially late June is a gift in North Central Texas, especially when it comes without baseball sized hail, deadly lightning and swirling clouds of death and destruction.
Now when that rain totals over two inches and takes 5-6 hours in the very early morning to come down, and then it keeps steadily slowing raining for 5 more hours, man, heaven. You can keep your clear blue skys and sunny days this time of year, give me a few days a moth like this and I and the farm are set.
The results are full swales, 10s of thousands of gallons infiltrated instead of washed away, a happy duck farmer and very happy ducks.
We have a big episode today with a lot going on. First, we “release the ducks” and check for both rats and the rat snake in the duck house, neither where present. We then get caught up with the baby ducks and baby chickens. The bantam chickens are being put out each morning in one of our prototype quail tractors (aka the QuailTrackr) and the turkeys are running about the 12th mission to date in the first chicken tractor I ever built.
If I ever build another one I would do a lot differently but this one is still going and still doing a great job so we just keep using it.
We take a look at the project Dorothy and I did this weekend, revamping the three flood and drain beds in the upper part of the aquatic system.
The expanded shale just wasn’t draining well. I came up with a simple technique of sorting the lava rock so that the top half of the beds is made up of the smallest pieces. It adds about 15 minutes of work per bed but you do it only once and the results are totally worth it.
We finish up in the greenhouse and the quail aviary. The cucumbers are really starting to produce in the green house, in the aviary I show you how I am using “mule tape” to tie up the white hubbard squash that now putting on fruit like crazy.
In the first video I show you how to simply swap out the 40 S&W Barrel in the Sig 239 to 357 Sig. To get a barrel like this the only source left seems to be directly from Sig Sauer
In the next video we are hanging out with the aquatics system and planting “Bloody Dock” (rumex sanguineus).
I also discuss Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation from Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc along with Dr. Earth 4-4-4 Fertilizer
Then in Episode 19 of season three of The Duck Chronicles we start off with the babies. They all did good over night except one polt we lost. Losing one or two birds is a normal part of things especially on the first day or two. A day later we have had no more losses and everyone seems good to go.
We then head out to the front pasture and food forest to visit the ducks, we check out the effect of the swales and moderate irrigation vs. the rest of the property and pray for rain to come soon with out tornadoes.
In this first video we check out some stuff in the aquaponics and aquatics systems, including Tree Collards that you can order at projecttreecollard.org
We also look at the progress of the white Hubbard squash. Watch the bees working the Pickerel Rush and see the recent failure of the aquatic system and our temporary work around.
Next in Season Three – Episode 18 of The Duck Chronicles we have a duckless duck chronicle episode because the new babies are here. Today we have to intercept the mail lady to get the birds out of the truck early in the day, we unbox the babies and get them settled into their brooders.
Lastly I have put together the long promised how to make zoodles video. Zoodles are zuchinni noodles, we use these in dozens of ways and they make a great way to use left overs. In this instance we used some left over meat balls, some of our cherry tomatoes and basil out of the aquaponics system with some salt, pepper and garlic to make something pretty outstanding.
Just a quick walk though the aviary checking our mainly the wicking beds, lots of tomatoes set, zucchini is doing great, training winter squash vines, feeding the fish and more.
Focusing on the things we are learning with this system so that we can implement our major expansion this summer in the old garden area.
Today we take a look at some of the growth inside the aviary including some banging squash and tomato plants, some cloning propagation techniques and the beds running expanded shale that are going to need rebuilding due to poor drainage.
We have added four new videos to the YouTube channel. They cover some stuff with the ducks, clipping goose wings and naturalized vegetables on Nine Mile Farm.
First on Season Three – Episode Sixteen – Little Ducks Have Joined the Big Ducks on the Homestead Scene we start at the gate, the gate to the holding area that is as the big ducks and little ducks have been fully integrated. We then travel a bit around the property and finish up with a little look at things in the aviary.
Then on Season Three – Episode Seventeen – The Young Ducks Have Settled into the Routine we visit the young ducks and the old timers at bath time. It is getting to a point where we can’t call them babies any longer.
We also take a look at how they are working the land and laying a lot of the tall grass flat, controlling the undergrowth but keeping the ground covered.
We stop by the mulberry trees for a late breakfast of both black and white berries.
Then in this follow up video to Episode Seventeen of The Duck Chronicles we find the mystery plant was just scarlet Nantes carrot that has gone naturalized on my property.
This final one was actually recorded in the fall of 2014 and got lost, I found it doing some clean up on my PC today and rendered it out for youtube. It is us rustling up the geese and clipping their wings.
I recently decided to add Patreon as a revenue source and needed to come up with rewards for people that support us at various levels. Right now the highest level of support we have is 5 dollars a month.
To those supporters I have pledged to make at least one “Walks With Jack” video a month, if we have enough support and questions and suggestions there will be two most months.
To show what these will be like I am allowing everyone Patron or not to see the video. The only catch is you have to visit my Patreon Page to see it. Just click the image below to see the post with free embedded video on Patreon and while there consider supporting us.
I have heard from a few MSB members about the fact that if you support me though that program what about adding some sort of incentive for you guys to make things more fair.
Well here is the deal, MSB members who also support me on Patreon at the 5 dollar level will get a 25 dollar a year discount on the MSB, or fully half price as one of that tiers rewards. I hope you enjoy episode one, we talk a lot about how to develop true wealth in your life and a new view of the concepts of investment and wealth.
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Today on Season Three – Episode Fourteen – Little Ducks in Fields of Green – we start out with the babies giving them first crack at the newly filled pools before the “big kids” come take over.
Then we let the adults out and Charlie finally draws a bead on the “bad bird” we always have him looking for. You will see the bird dog come out in him as he instinctively goes into a point, even though the bad bird (a Blue Heron) is about 35 yards away and about 50 feet up.
Charlie has done a great job of chasing off both hawks and herons. We are constantly keeping him on the look out, today it just worked out that one actually showed up.