I wrote this post last month but somehow forgot to publish it. Sorry about that!
On Tuesday’s, Marcus meets with a gym trainer so I’m the one to get the ducks up and collect eggs. This morning, there were only two eggs (one in the new nesting box and one under the large table). All the ducks got a Foot Check yesterday and apparently it stresses out one of them enough to not lay an egg. “Limping Buff” (who our neighbor Peggy tells me is named “Buffington”) managed to jump out of my arms while I was trying to check a small spot of bumblefoot on her right foot, so maybe it was her? Either way, immediately after my enthusiastic “Three Eggs a Day!” post, the ducks decide to only lay two. 😉
Most of the ducks got a spray of Blu Kote (purchased for $5.99 from this eBay seller ) even if the bumblefoot looked cleared up or their feet looked odd in any way, just in case. Welshie and “Limping Buff” were the only ones who had bumblefoot anyway and very mild cases at that. Previously I had been spraying their feet with Vetericyn but that didn’t really seem to be doing much. (Besides annoying the ducks, of course, since they don’t really enjoy being caught, flipped on their backs and pinned with one arm while I do weird things to their feet with the other. I do always give them meal worms afterwards though, to apologize.)
While I was out with the ducks this morning, I took a video of them taking a bath. But despite the clean, fresh water I had just given them, they kept stopping to look longingly out at all the lovely mud and huge puddles out in the yard, just waiting to be splashed in. Sigh. I guess the water is always wetter on the other side. 😉
After they finished getting clean, I let them run around in the yard. The silly things are always so very excited to splash around in the puddles! When I put them back in their pen, they looked like they had been rolling in mud! Which of course meant that they all had to take another bath. 😉
One of our Cayuga ducks has developed a bit of white coloring on her shoulders so it is now much easier to tell the two Cayugas apart. That means that I’m pretty sure that we just one very naughty Cayuga, not two, though both of them are the bored-est and therefore loudest of the ducks.
Our neighbor Peggy, aka “Treat Lady” to the ducks, named our flock when Continue reading
I’m at my Mom’s house for the weekend while Marcus is tearing out the shower and toilet from our bathroom (and hopefully installing new ones!) so here is a blog post from February that got lost somehow.
Marcus has been working hard on the living room. Half of it is finished except for the new trim for around the doors.
Poor guy, he has had been doing a lot of work, especially since before he can start any task, all the living room furniture that we couldn’t temporarily relocate to another room (like the super heavy tv stand or the couch) has to be covered with old sheets (at least now I feel justified for saving them for all these years – just in case 😉 ) or moved to other side of the room. And if he won’t be able to get back to working in the living room for a few days, then all the furniture has to be uncovered and/or moved back.
No wonder he’s tired!
Marcus napping with the dogs after a long day of hard work. The dogs worked hard too, I’m sure.
Last Saturday, Marcus and I were invited to help with some sheep chores at our friends Bill and Sharon’s farm. Besides putting blankets/coats on some of the sheep to keep their wool clean and some hoof trimming, which Marcus has gotten pretty good at, Maxim the Border Leicester ram needed to be sheared and Sharon let us shear him!
Maxim is a nice ram who has a really sweet personality. Any time we’ve helped with him, he is so good and cooperative. (Unlike some Blue Face Leicester yearlings we worked with after Maxim. One of those wild ewes tried to drive a hoof through poor Marcus!)
If you think that Maxim looks a bit “pink” that’s because Continue reading
Besides dried mealworms and a bit of lettuce (apparently the minced red peppers that the girls gobble up with great zeal aren’t “food”), Henry hasn’t been eating a whole lot.
He has had his elusive Purina crumbles now for several days and Marcus even saw him eating a bit of it. So I was shocked but so pleased to see this yesterday when I was hanging out with the ducks:
Henry has now been interacting with the girls unsupervised. Except for the very first time where there was a decent amount of nipping and biting, especially between him and one of the Cayugas, everyone has been very polite with each other. The girls always stay pretty close together, even before Henry, and Henry just follows the group around. He bathes a lot so that’s a good sign of healthy, happy duck. He sticks up his feathered little butt quite a bit while bathing, so I wonder if he is used to a bigger bathing area than a 9-gallon pool?
Introducing Handsome Henry, the Golden Cascade Drake
For my birthday this year, I asked if I could get Golden Cascade ducks, and Marcus said yes!