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It's been over a week since
our flock of ducks and chickens has had a chance to forage outside.
How do you unboil a chicken
A couple weeks ago our
broody hen got our hopes up that she might be in the mood for
How do we transfer chickens
from the tractor back to the coop?
Farmers have been using ducks
in Asia to help grow rice for centuries.
It seems like every
spring, one of our hens goes broody. Unfortunately, our success rate
with those broody hens has been close to nill.
Youtube user 50 Ducks In A
Hot Tub has a clever video on how he converted an old
bath tub into something
his ducks can enjoy.
We like to raise new hens every year for optimal egg-laying, and recently we've mostly started those chicks by hatching our homegrown eggs. However, last year I opted to branch out into ducks,
and that meant that we went into winter with a very small chicken flock
--- just three hens and a rooster. Since all four of our chickens are
siblings, I felt like that was too much of a genetic bottleneck, so I
opted to start from scratch this year rather than hatching our own
To learn more about the breeds we've already tried and deemed wanting or perfect for the homestead, check out my ebook Thrifty Chicken Breeds.
And, in the meantime, if you're planning a chick order, be sure to put
it together sooner rather than later! For dependable laying of your
pullets before winter, you'll get best results if your chicks arrive by
the end of March.
by Kenneth Grahame
All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!
Ducks' tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!
Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim--
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.
Everyone for what he likes!
WE like to be
Heads down, tails up,
High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call--
WE are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!
Have you ever wanted to know
how much feed is in the feeder?
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