Ducks

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Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown, Unshown – February 2017

Shown Our newest member of the family has officially been named! Though it took us a full two weeks, calling out for suggestions, and so much discussion, we finally settled on the name Arco.  His full, official name is Arcoiris, meaning rainbow.  He's falling in nicely with everyone except Mr. who still isn't quite sure how he feels about having another boy…
Kitty’s Clutch of Twelve

Kitty’s Clutch of Twelve

I finally got some good photos of Kitty's clutch of 12 eggs and wanted to share them with you here! Such a good, protective mama she is, and all settled into Ricky's shelter where she'll wait patiently for her ducklings to grow and hatch. Because last weekend was so warm, she spent a good amount of time off the clutch,…
Shown, Unshown – January 2017

Shown, Unshown – January 2017

Shown I do believe Mama is officially pregnant!  How do I know without a blood test or an ultrasound? She's asking for love and letting me pet her again, with a passion :-)  She is usually very aloof, but we learned last year that this changes dramatically when she's pregnant. So, YAY! (Pretty sure Lucy & Ethel are pregnant, too,…
Loss & Hope – A Duck’s Tale

Loss & Hope – A Duck’s Tale

Two days ago, while doing the morning chores, it was discovered that we'd lost a duck to a predator. Feathers everywhere under The Grandmother Tree, a limp body in the acequia, scared siblings, and a missing momma. We were in a rush to leave the property with a sick toddler in tow, a day of juggling said, sick toddler and mandatory work…
Muscovy Duck Cuddles

Muscovy Duck Cuddles

Who knew that Muscovy Ducks would become some of my very favorite critters on the farm?! Don't get me wrong, I have a deep affinity for the chickens and goats and turkeys and barn kitties and dogs, too!  But the ducks just have me feeling all warm and fuzzy these days :-) From their quiet nature (no squawking from these…
Quiet around here…

Quiet around here…

With our Freezer Wealth bursting at the seams with the nine ducks, seven turkeys, and five chickens that have recently been culled, I am humbled by the quiet that whispers through the property these days. There will be more to say about the process, the plans, and the recipes (especially in regards to the ducks) but, for now, there are just…
Muscovy Ducklings – All Grown Up

Muscovy Ducklings – All Grown Up

All grown up and completely gorgeous, our Muscovy ducklings are no longer ducklings! Instead, they're trying to fly all over the garden and eating us out of house and home with their love of and obsession for chicken scratch as a snack! So, I've been joking on social media that it's time to send them to freezer camp... but it's…