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Duckies

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love ducks.  Near my house there are lots of wild ducks walking, or waddling around the streets.  Many a time I have held my breath when mother duck and her adorable ducklings waddle across the road but surprisingly very few get run over by cars.  My daughter laughs at me when I see ducks and yell out DUCKIES when we’re driving.

So I bit the bullet and bought two Muscovy Ducklings at the local Mudgeeraba Farmers Markets.

According to council by laws we are allowed 6 poultry  and with four hens this completes our flock.

 

 

On researching the best suburban ducks to have the Muscovy is a low maintenance and friendly duck that doesn’t quack.  They live for 7 to 8 years and are great for both egg production and meat.  They are distinguished from other breeds by their faces because they have no feathers and are bright red, flashy and lumpy. They are placid in nature unless threatened and prefer no to be picked up.

The drakes are too heavy to fly but the ducks are able to fly and perch up high.  They also don’t swim due to their under developed oil glands but they love to splash about.

The breeder we bought them from said it was fine to integrate them with our chooks but I found the chooks to be aggressive to the poor things.  So we’ll separate them until they’re bigger and can give the chooks a run for their money.

 

 

 

Chicken Update.

It’s been some time since I last posted but we have been very busy…   Time for an update!

Our chickens have been moved outside into a chicken tractor.  Me – being the softy that I am I insisted to the MOTH that they still needed a heat lamp at night but after a couple of days I took it out of the pen.

Our chicken tractor was made from bits of material we had lying about, left overs from when we built our house, our pergola.  We bought the chicken wire from our local recycling centre for $3.00.  So all in all our venture into chicken raising has cost us $25.00 for the chickens including feed and water bowls.  $7.00 for a heat lamp, which we found we could have used a normal light bulb.  $3.00 for the chicken tractor and about $20.00 for the chicken mash so far.  We have been supplementing them with food scraps and they absolutely love the grass.

We’re still not sure if their roosters or hens just yet but the fun we’re having is priceless.  If they all turn out to be roosters we’ll donate them to someone and go buy some point of lay hens.  I’m not quite ready to slaughter my own chickens just yet but in the spirit of self-sufficiency I might have to face up to it.

Surprisingly our resident chook killer has shown very little interest.  Apart from the occasional look… nada.  Maybe she’s lulling us into a false sense of security or she’s just too old to be bothered with it.  I’m of the opinion that it’s when a chook flaps it’s wings it becomes enticing.  She doesn’t do it for the taste she does it for the chase!

Chicken Lickin Good?

This is how it went…..

I was collecting my son from his daycare and his teacher said –  Alice knows all about the chickens, have a talk with her and she’ll let you know what you need.

Our Six Chicks

Me  ??????

“What chickens?”

“Aren’t you adopting some of the chickens?  Your husband said you were……”

“I’m not having chickens, what is he thinking?  We have a CHOOK KILLER at home!”

After much discussion and reassurance we are now the proud owners of six chickens.  Six is all we’re allowed on our suburban block so let’s hope we get a couple of hens.

I’m Eggcited!

 

And of course Aden is extremely eggcited (sorry couldn’t resist).

They came from Henny Penny Hatching.  A great program in which they set up 12 to 13 eggs in an incubator and they hatch out over a couple of weeks.  The kids get to watch them hatch, feed them and harass them.   Kidding.

Now we embark on our journey in chicken farming.  Ha ha

Who me?

Assuming Brodie will let us!

 

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