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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.

S3- Duck Chronicles – Episode Seven – Answers to Questions and Spinach Heaven

Today we wipe out the remainder of the ducks baby spinach stash, I will have to resupply them soon.  We also answer questions from the audience on things like stocking density, duck breed choices, the purpose of swales and more.

Episode Six of The Duck Chronicles – Time for a Spinach Fix

Today we visit the baby ducks and check out their response to spinach, they seem to like it.  We also get a good laugh, tune in to see why.  To see all episodes of all seasons visit, www.duckchronicles.com

S3 – Episode Five – The Special Little Duck is Still Alive

Well our extra efforts to get the little girl from episode 4 to eat paid off and it was like throwing a light switch. As soon as she ate and then followed up with a drink all was well. Now a day later it is tough to even see which one she is.

We also answer some questions and introduce the babies to arugula greens today. They approve!

Season Three – Episode Four – Little Ducks All Over the Floor

Today we discuss mortality rates, which are generally in the 2-3% range over large numbers of ducklings.  We also discuss the breeds we have and identifying them as ducklings.

Sadly one of our ducklings died yesterday and we have one today that doesn’t look like she is going to make it either.  This is a reality when brooding baby ducks.