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.
On The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Five – The Food Forest is about to Thrive today we start out by checking the progress of my baby ducklings who are doing just great. One little girl still is dealing with a limp but she appears to be getting along okay.
I have also filmed Adjunct Five, to explain why we are not forcing the Muscovy Duck out to pasture just yet
I also take you on a tour of a couple areas of the property showing you some of the plantings we have put in and are waiting on to come around this spring.
Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Four – 8 Muscovies More we have new members of the flock. 7 new Mucovy ducks and 1 new Muscovy Drake.
We also have one of our ducklings with a limp, I talk about how that is more of an issue with ducks than with chickens but how it generally works itself out anyway.
I also show you were the adults are being encouraged to work next, some of the work ahead for me, some more hedge rows we have planned and a few other things.
I discuss why they have been given the best grass and our plans to soon begin flock integration with the main flock. We have now also separated Buddy and Joe from the ducks. While not seen here Buddy has accepted her straw house and was burying eggs just minutes after I finished up today, of course that is what animals do when the camera is turned off.
I also show you the really harsh area we have the ducks water on now so that they can help rehab it and show you how I now have established a perennial legume nitrogen fixer (birds foot trefoil) that has come back in clumps on its own, fixing this area now gets easier.
We also just planted a weeping willow in a great spot to provide future shade and shelter for the ducks.