Welcome our Quail!

Chores, exercise, sunrises, sunsets, quiet, busy, animals, a production garden, dirt, lots of dirt, and everything else in between. It for sure is not everyone’s cup of tea, but we love farming. One of my wishes for our farm was to see if we could not only grow our own food, but supply food to…

The Quacklings have arrived

Cindy Lou Who? and two of our other ducks were kind of broody at the start of the summer. Broody but not really committed to it wholeheartedly. They would sit on a nest for a bit then go into the pasture and goof around all afternoon, eating bugs, swimming, living the duck life. But I…

The most unlikely Egg Predator

We have been living a good duck egg life for the past year. 9-13 eggs every morning without a hitch. Actually when it was super cold this past February, negative 30 or so for almost two weeks, they almost all stopped laying for a few days and then ones that did lay, well their eggs…

The Sexy Beasts are now HERDING!

Every morning one of my Sexy Beasts gets to come out and do duck chores with me. I love it as it is not only one on one time for me with one of my dogs, but it is fun to have a chores partner. And then they get to tend to the ducks for…

Spring means LILACS

We are out and about doing this and that pretty much all day long, and loving every minute. For sure we have aches, cuts, and bruises at the end of the day, but I consider that part of the job of building up an urban farm, and frankly I don’t really mind at all. Every…

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…

Our Irrigation SYSTEM

With our new Urban Farm in full swing now, animals, orchards, garden boxes, and everything that goes along with that, one of the things we really want to do is to use as much native water as possible. This means rain water and passive run off. If any of you have tended any type of…

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….