Just a heads up that this week is an event week. That means if you email me anything with more than two sentences and no lives depend on it it will likely end up in the deleted folder. Sorry but that is just is how things are in an event week.
You can send show materiel and that will be filtered for follow up, you can send customer service and I will do my best to see to it but if you send me a request for doing discounts, some detailed proposal, etc. this just ain’t the week. Please do try to be understanding.
Next Nick and I have been doing a lot of videos, 13 so far and one more uploading right now. In a bit I will be cooking sausage for the event and doing a q and a on all the questions posted to those videos thus far. Again the play list is called, TSP Workshop Oct.
On the embedded video frame below up in the left upper corner you will see some lines, if you click those it will pull down a list of all the episodes published so far. Again no notes or links with these vids folks, sorry we are just too busy to do more than publish them.
Hey guys and gals this week we are getting ready for and conducting the TSP October Homestead Skills Workshop at Nine Mile Farm. It is just way to hectic to do a show on a week like this but I will be uploading 5-10 or more videos a day all week. The videos will be short, have NO NOTES at all, just a title like,
TSP Workshops – Oct -#1
TSP Workshops – Oct – #2
And so on
These videos will be uploaded to a playlist called
Nick Ferguson put together this little video to show you what students are going to learn at his 2015 workshop in Louisiana. If you can make this one do so, we will send you home ready to rent your own machine and terraform your own property. Trust me even if you have been to other earthworks events with us, this one will allow us to show you how to tie things together like never before.
Making food for the coming TSP Event, in addition to everything here I made another 8 lbs of hand made breakfast sausage. All in all it was about a 12 hour day! But a ton of work got done, a ton of meat is cooked for the Nine Mile Farm Workshop and about 17 meals worth of meat has been put up in the deep freezer.
A day well spent!
That morning I spent a bit of time talking to the ducks and learning something new about bees as it relates to sorghum.
And last weekend I made another 8 pounds of sausage for the coming event.
It is mid summer and the grasshoppers are at peak, so the birds are getting a ton of feed off the land and consuming about only half of the feed they were a few months ago. We are dealing with “angel wing” on a few of the young muscovies. This is a disorder that is supposed to be linked to nutritional issues, but I don’t think that is the case, the truth is no one knows what causes it or even if there is only one cause or serveral. Sadly for these birds though I will not be letting them pass on their genetics.
We have a ton of girls brooding eggs with babies on the way anyway. Mostly muscovies but a pair of cayugas have a nest together as well. Additionally Pencil Neck the buff runner has been helping out, while not actually broody herself she is pitching in and giving the other girls breaks.
Lastly today we note that the ducks do have well formed social groups mostly based on who they were brooded with. While not air tight you will observe most of the white layers stick together, so do the 18 young ducks that were part of our first clutch. Barbie and her friends form a tight group of five even though Barbie can’t fly like the three baby mallards.
Mallards? Yep you bet when Dorothy went to get friends for Barbie (now the most expensive free animal anyone ever “gave” me) the friends turned out to be one Cayuga and three mallards and of course two are fricken drakes. They are fun to watch fly and you do get to see them do it in today’s episode, though a short flight I did manage to catch it on video for you. Season two will be rolled out after our vacation! Stay tuned….
This morning we got 3 hours of pouring rain. Then this afternoon we got hit with close to an inch in less than 30 minutes and it totally filled the swales and overflowed them all. To really drive home how passive this water system is, this video was shot only 5 minutes after the storm stopped.
The other storm I mentioned did hit us as well and we got another 30 minutes of hard rain about 30 minutes after this video, everything continued to preform perfectly.
We had a few weeks of no episodes but we have been busy. The big move has come the ducks are now in a bigger house, with power and have a much larger holding area.
Barbie the adopted duckling now is roaming the grounds free range with he fellow ducklings and the three turkey polts. They have been interacting with the mother ducks and new hatched ducklings with no drama.
Of course that means mother ducks have started hatching babies, we have a ton of them with more yet to hatch. They just hatched what appears to be the first muscovy duckling, right at 35 days as projected.
The babies are venturing out already with the various “mothers” but almost all seem to be mostly bonded with the one muscovy girl you see them with in this video.
The girls and the other adults are loving the new paddock especially the wet weather pond, where they have spent most of their time since the move. Moving them wasn’t easy, they were terrified to go though the gate because they never had done so before, so we pushed them though the much lager double gate on the north end and herded them around.
The new poop free waterer has been improved using an 80 cent rubber stopper from Walmart, I drilled a hole with a hole saw and it works great.
In The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Seven – The Beginning of a New Lesson we have what might look like a rewind, baby ducks. Not from our broody girls though just yet. We have adopted what looks like a young Pekin duck from a family that found her in their back yard. But we have no other babies and a duck alone is a duck in stress, so Dorothy went down to the feed store and got 5 other babies so now we are brooding a small group of 6.
We figured while we are at it we might as well brood some turkey polts this year so we got three of them as well. Believe it or not the tiny ducklings are slightly bullying the much larger baby turkeys.
I also show you all the irrigation we put in for the cider orchard, the broody girls are still sitting on their eggs and I have planted a large number of Nanking Bush Cherry and planned the installation of 300 plus fence feet of muscadine grapes.
I also show you the new poop free duck waterer made from 6 inch pvc and a simple hole saw.
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.