The little ducks are now 15 days old and it is time for their fist full on swim. We hang out and enjoy a bit of 30 year old port. We talk about how to condition dogs that have prey drive issues to not harm ducks and how to condition the ducks to not run from and there by key up the dog.
Today we answer questions from the following folks…
- Toni – How to they get stuck and die in an brooder? What exactly do yo mean
- Walt lars – How is processing a duck different than a chicken?
- v – Will your ducks attract other water fowl?
- Tea Tina – What about brooding ducks and chicks together? If not can they ever go together?
- Inarainyplace – How do you protect them from avian predators?
- Alyssa Mennillo – What about cold climates like CT?
- Lor Farr – Is “excessive quacking” normal behavior? Why might one duck quack a lot more than all the others?
- SoutheastPasturedProducts – Could ducks ever work in an HOA? Are there quiet ducks that won’t fly over 6 foot fences?
- Handy Homesteady – Just a shout out that he will be doing the chicken chronicles soon.
- Serra Do Japi – How much water a month for 8 ducks?
- jason cavanaugh – Is it harder to get organic/natural feed with a small flock since you buy less quantity?
- AnCapSnek – Why did we shut down our commercial operation?
After a long break Nine Mile Farm again has ducks. This time around we are going with “homestead ducks”. Just a small flock for our personal use. The new flock will be 8 ducks and 2 drakes (assuming everyone makes it out of the brooder alive).
They are all Rouens so if we hatch any ducklings eventually we know exactly what we are going to get. I picked them up today, got them into the brooder and made three videos. From this point forward we will likely put out 3-5 videos a week as they grow and have their first adventures.
Every episode of The Duck Chronicles all the way back to season one can be found at www.duckchronicles.com and the Season Four Playlist is at bit.ly/ducks4
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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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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