There’s definitely a lot going on in the garden
I’ve been conscious that I’m not updating this blog much lately, looking in now the realisation hit that I have only posted two times since the ducklings hatched. This is rubbish in contrast to the last hatch where I managed to post at least every couple of days, hopefully providing an interesting running account of their development.
Putting all that aside, the ducklings are now HUGE. They’re a bit tamer and will eat from our hands when they want to, mostly if green’s are on offer.
There’s definitely two females, which now have leg rings on, the other two are unknown at the moment. It will be ideal if there are three female and one male.
We have mixed both flocks together a few times without much drama although it has been interesting to see some of the ducklings squaring up to the hens and warning them off. The hens tend to retaliate with a warning peck to the beak which sends the ducklings scarpering.
One day we tried to keep them all in the run together with a view to merging them and hit the problem of the three big hens ganging up on Snowy so they are seperate again. The new run will have two good size sections to allow seperate flocks, we need this now! I think Snowy is ready to be apart from the ducklings and started laying again two days ago. We don’t want to risk her getting beaten up with the big ones at the moment though.
After not much progress on the new run due to being side-tracked with various events I am now determined to push forwards. Since the last post we have put in the second course of bricks around the rear section and have decided to do a third as we have enough blocks.
This weekend I plan to lay the thrid course of blocks and lay the concrete base for the shed. I have ordered the timber to build the new run which will be arriving next week, ideal as the mortar will be dry to allow me to continue, the wood work will come together quite quickly. Once the new run is built we can move the birds over and the timber from the exisiting run will be used to build the shed.
We had a nice weekend break away in the caravan. We were on a site next to the canal and a flock of seven ducklings came to see us while their mother duck stood in the distance watching.
Our planter boxes are now in full swing. This is Sam and the girls department and I have no idea what is growing in them but they look very nice indeed, she’s doing an amazing job.
I have taken control of the veg plot and have planted carrots, peas, runner beans and cauliflower. Some of them are just starting to visibly grow. This is very exciting as I’ve wanted to have a go for years!
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