Spring Snow

Dramatic weather, moody clouds, sun, snow, hail, and wind. It is all a spring thing! My ducks and dogs are loving it, as am I. I will never get tired of waking up to such beauty, such power, such life. Enjoy this spring – Nancy

How did the DEEP LITTER METHOD really work out?

Since this was my first winter-over with our ducks, I did a truckload of research on how to create good bedding, flooring space, and also keeping it clean without breaking the bank on straw. The deep litter method kept coming up, so I read and read some more. It made sense, was a bit expensive…

Welcome Alistair!

My Ladies have been loving the spring thaw, the mud puddles, and endless outings out in the back pasture. Since Peaches showed me she is my one broody duck, I promised her a drake at some point, and the universe must have been listening. I was at the feed store the other day and was…

Duck Egg Binding – soft shell

So I have been in the duck world for eight months now. And like a new duck owner should be, I have been on a giant learning curve, and pretty much everything new throws me back to the drawing board so to speak. I have been reading every article that has ‘duck’ in it, buying…

Urban Farm lessons are not always easy

We have been doing fairly well this past month or so with keeping our ducks well fed, and well watered, and with a good wind free place to rest and hang out. We have been teetering between -15f to 40f. So each day we have to re-read the situation and the needs of the Ladies….

… and sometimes we get it right

Often times I get an idea for what I want to do, make, plant, design, write, or whatever,  and I do it. I am not one to dwell on ifs, ands, or buts. Sometimes I get it right and it feels super awesome, not gonna lie. Much of the time however it is an initial…

Stumbling Over the Truth

It isn’t hard for me to go about my day. I don’t have the luxury to sleep in, role lazily out of bed, or hang in the kitchen and drink coffee. I kind of hit the ground running with chores, chores that I love and ones that give me purpose. I have a list of…

My Christmas Letter 2018

I have no long punch list of going-ons this year. No school this, kids that, vacations anything. We bought a giant disaster of a property in 2018. The End. Our new property has been referred to as dysfunctional, neglected, a giant shit hole, a burn down, a money pit, War of the Roses, kind of…

… and let there be light

The first gift from my husband was a pair of hockey skates. I was so in love at the time, that although a weird gift since I didn’t really skate or play hockey, he thought of me, so that was awesome. My second gift was a chainsaw, and I was still so in love at…

A Family Affair

The Ladies of the Quack Shack have added so much to our day, and our lifestyle, and not a single person or dog is complaining. Our sunrise outings down to Fort Duckworth have allowed me to experience all of our incredible sunrises. We have entered a bit of a ‘barter-trade’ relationship – I feed my…