In The Duck Chronicles Episode Fourteen – Chowing Down on the Green the ducks have had their first successful outside overnight mission. Accomplished with minimal supervision by Charlie and Max.
Today we cross a bridge where the ducks begin to truly become independent and begin moving toward flock integration, though they are quite a ways from that still at this point.
Our relationship now much change as well. No more daily handling and that means no more daily weighing. They now need to see us as benevolent creatures the hang out with them, don’t bother them and simply give them food and water and lead them to good places to find forage.
It is this relationship that makes managing them easy for the rest of their lives. It allows them to trust you when you want to heard them to a location or put them in for the night. It is why they are excited to see you each morning vs. afraid. All this is mostly accomplished by doing nothing but sitting with them every morning and afternoon.
I also have more Q&A for you today, such as…
- How you can find all episodes of this Series. Your best bets are the playlist http://bit.ly/1KD3DQV or the Duck Chronicles tag on the TSP Blog. http://bit.ly/1yWOpAN
- Why is that little brown adult duck named “Little Bit”?
- Is working with the ducks therapeutic?
- How do we avoid crushed feat when moving the duck tractor?
- Why I don’t want to process my own ducks?
- Will I provide videos of “Geoff Lawton’s Idea” for duck integrated aquatic farming? Yes but not as part of this series.
- How do you keep chickens and ducks from eating your garden? Those really are two separate questions by the way.