First off, our first two eggs, freshly laid!
This means the ducks are settling in. Mama Beetz and Rhumb got to quickly consume them after work this morning, and they were more than thrilled for their paycheck, a job well done!
The Ladies of the Quack Shack operate on a sunrise and sunset schedule. My dogs are adjusting to this better than I am. I think I just need to throw clocks away and go on a natural light schedule, I would feel more in-sync with my animals.
As soon as the sunlight, even through moody clouds, peaks over the Bridger Mountains, there is a lot of quacking, I am guessing they are wondering why breakfast is late!
So we are up about an hour before sunrise now, preparing everything, organizing, and donning muck boots and gloves.
Each morning I take two of my dogs with me to tend to the ducks, and it rotates in various combinations. They are also learning this routine, and getting really good at waiting at gates, not barking, and being watchful. So I also get some really good training in each morning, all before a single cup of coffee!
I have the book by Lisa Steel DUCK EGGS DAILY , and it has been awesome, informative, and super helpful.
I want to raise happy and healthy ducks naturally, so they produce nutritious eggs for everyone in our household and beyond. Apparently the crosses that I have lay upwards of 200 eggs a year, per duck.
They get their organic layer feed, with meal worms, and crushed up dried duck egg shells. There is always access to oyster shells and grit as well. But they also get our left over oatmeal, left over veggies and fruits, cracked corn, some meat scraps to push them out of molting, and now that it is fall, cooked winter squash, they LOVE that. Come spring when my herb garden comes in, they will have the benefit of that as well.
Much of what Lisa talks about in her book is keeping the ducks immune system healthy and their bodies parasite free, exactly what I talk about at length with dogs, so this resonates with me in a big way. And as with my family, and my dogs, the trilogy of good immune/parasite free health is the same for our new ducks – apple cider vinegar, diatomaceous earth, and garlic.
After breakfast they took a dip in their splash pool, that sits just outside of Fort Duckworth, I left the hose running and it was so fun to watch them paddle under it like a shower, they loved it.
So lots of sunshine, dirt, water, and places to relax. If we take good care of them, they will nutritionally take good care of us. So much to learn and it feels good to be in that place again, student teacher, teacher student, fresh, new, and exciting.
Such a great morning, a great way to start the day. Now I am off to plant some new trees! Nancy