First of all I have very sad news. Those 4 ducks were attacked by a red fox during the morning about two weeks ago. Daphne was injured but is still alive and doing well. She follows me around the yard quacking and likes to be pet. The three ducklings did not make it. That darn fox also got my silkie hen also. Trust me I was mad, this was not over night but in morning. Before 10, but no really early. I chased him (her?) but he must have come back.
I do have three more duckling, east Indies call ducks. I have also added some chickens. A black Australorp hen and rooster and I have some mixed marans chicks in the brooder. We are taking measures to keep these guys safer.
I love to have both my chickens and my ducks around. Obviously chickens give me eggs and cut down on the insect population. Duck eggs are supposed to be really good for baking, although I admit that most of my duck eggs go to the dogs. They love them. I just adore having my quacking bunch around. Up and down the yard the ducks march, rooting out slugs and making holes in puddles of water. My three ducklings are very flighty, I am hoping that Daphne will calm them down.
I am in the midst of getting my bales in order. Ike will be helping me with that matter.
Lisa, a friend at Laughing Orca Ranch, sent me something really exciting. To read what all I got and why see my horse blog, Fearless Riding. What applies to this blog are these seeds from Home Town Seeds. I got tomato, swiss chard and butternut squash. Why I am so excited about these seeds is because they are Survival Seeds.
Survival seeds have been selected for some very specific criteria. First of they are non hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds will not be true to the type if you plant the seeds produced by the fruits of them. A lot of the seeds that we plant are hybrid, if you plant the seeds of a hybrid you will not get a plant like the parent. Survival seeds are also not genetically modified. We are not quite sure how genetically modified food will effect us or our environment. So I am really excited to see how these plants do.
I love tomatoes and butternut squash, but swiss chard is going to be altogether new for me. I am so excited to learn how to prepare it!
BIG thanks to Lisa from Laughing Orca Ranch!
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