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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Springtime, I think

The weather has been wet and cool.  I have not needed an air conditioner to date.  This is the first week I felt confident leaving my plants outside due to freezing nighttime temps.

My ducks are growing rapidly.  I had to build a new enclosure with a child's wading pool.  This is all a learning curve.  If this works out, I probably will use ducks for bug control in the future.  Last year the three I had ate pounds of grasshoppers.  Unfortunately, I did not research duck breeds before buying (got into this too late--bought adults).  This year I bought Roene ducks, which are supposed to be meat ducks.  I just want the ducks during the summer months so raising edible bug eaters seemed logical.  Predictions are this will be another banner year for grasshoppers.

We will be going out to Pathfinder this weekend to see the water going over the spillway.  Maybe later on we will make it to the ranch--although it's still very muddy down there. 

I'm putting in a couple of duck pictures and calling it good for now.  (For those of you who read my previous posts, the neighbor dogs have been been confined so my ducks may survive the summer.)

Ducks at about 3 days old

Ducks at about 2 1/2 weeks old

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