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S3 – Duck Chronicles 24 – 12 Turkeys Out The Door

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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Episode 23 of the Duck Chronicles – Full Swales and Happy Ducks

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.

New Videos – Converting a Sig 239 – Planting Bloody Dock and Baby Bird Updates

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

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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

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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.

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New Videos – Aquaponics – Tree Collards – Baby Chicks and Polts and Zoodles

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.

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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.

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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.

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New YouTube Videos 4-25-17

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Duck Chronicles – Episode 14 – Little Ducks in Fields of Green

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.

Videos from Nine Mile Farm – 4-5-17

First we have Aquatic and Aquaponics Update 4-3-17 in this video I go over some new things we have added to our system.   Specifically two new flood and drain beds installed in the aviary, along with the growth in the wicking beds.  We also check out how well the water cleared up in the garden ponds and some new water plants for 2017.

 

Next up on The Duck Chronicles we have S3- Episode 13 – Big Ducks, Little Ducks and Gooses in Between in this video we have begun the integration of the babies to the main flock, I hope to have them fully integrated in about 14 days.  The biggest concern is that all the babies get big enough to not be able to get though the fence.

 

Remember  you can Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and you can find all our Aquaponics and Aquatic Updates at this Playlist and all our duck videos at DuckChronicles.com

Three New Survival Podcast Videos This Week

I put out three videos this week on our YouTube channel but with all that has been going on I am just now getting to post them on the blog.

First up in the Duck Chronicles, I have two new episodes out.

Season Three – Episode Eleven – Free Range Grass Is Heaven – The new flock of baby ducks gets their first taste of real freedom and are set free on the back pasture at nine mile farm.

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Season Three – Episode Twelve – Into the Swales We Delve – Thanks to a good over night rain there is a bit of water holding in the upper swale and the babies get their first taste of swimming and playing in mud.

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Aquatic and Aquaponics Updates – 3-29-17 – The garden ponds have had three ebb and flow beds added, more for filtration than true growing of food.  These are simple beds you can build all in for 20-25 dollars depending on what media you use and where you get it.

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S3 – Duck Chronicles – Episode Nine – Eating Greens and Feeling Fine

Today the ducks are munching on lettuce, plantain, comfrey and chicory.  We hang out with them a bit and discuss why the additional 40 ducks just are not coming this year.

Duck Chronicles Episode Eight – The New Water System is Effing Great

Today we check in with the baby ducks who are mostly napping after partying all night long.  We discuss their new water buckets and the drinking cups I build them with.  We also discuss why I don’t give them this type of system in their first week even though it is easier for me.

You can find the watering cups I use on Amazon at this Link.