Our small duck pond ,Andrew Philip and me dug and made.
Sunday, May 31
Both our duck who we've named aflac, and our rabbit,Philip named george think they are chickens. They both eat with the chickens, and when the chickens go in for the night aflac goes with them and george goes in his rabbit hutch. We don't have to catch either one of them!! Told Dianne I'm a rabbit and duck trainer now!! HA!! HA!!.
We finished our duck pen and put it in the chicken pen so we could lock the duck up at night since we lost our other one. We have been catching her and putting her in with the chickens every night and locking them up together. The very first night we went to put her up in her new pen, she had already gone in with the chickens and that's where she has slept ever since. WE GOT PUNKED!!!!
Monday, May 25
Sunday, May 24
A couple of days ago I cleaned the old wood shavings and droppings from underneath the hen house and put them in the garden. I put new wood chips and mixed in sevin dust to keep the flies and the mites out. Yesterday Philip and I soaked all the waterer's in clorox bleach and cold water for a while, does a good job and they look almost new again! We put apple cider vinegar in them at least once a week to prevent worms and keep the knats and mosquitos out of them. I don't like using wormers on chickens, it's very hard on them. I think it's better to try and prevent them!! There are real good articles in the backyard poultry magazines on both subjects, and that's where I get most of my tips!! We also have been building a duck house to keep the duck safe at night,we are almost finished with it, tired of losing pets!!! I plan on putting a list of our pets and names of the ones we've named so far, any help with names will be aprreciated since we have about 20 or so to name.
Friday, May 22
It's hard trying to keep pets lately!! All our kittens disappeared in a couple of nights, don't know what happened to them. A raccoon got one of our 2 ducks and 3 of our guinea keets, still got 1 keet left,so I went to the feed store to get a couple more so it wouldn't be lonely. But he was out so I got a couple of dominique chicks to keep the keet from being by itself. They seem to be getting along fine. We caught the coon in a trap the next night trying to get the keet and chicks again. We keep reinforcing the pen and making it tighter maybe we'll get it right someday. Nobody in our area sells ducks so we put him in the pen with the chickens till we figure something else out. Still having fun!! Got some new picts to add in the next couple of days so keep looking!!
Friday, May 1
Finally got the chicks out of the brooder and in the hen house with the rest of the chickens. They seem to like it, of course the big chickens are having a problem with it. Got the brooder taken apart and moved, it comes apart into 4 pcs so we can move it easily. While we have it apart we're going to clean it up and put another bottom in it to prevent our coon buddies from having a midnight snack. Also we're going to paint it and get it ready for more broody hens and chicks. Philip loves to paint!!
Our rabbits doing great,we let him out in the pen with the chickens and he acts like he loves it. He will run around the pen wide open several times and likes it when he can chase a chicken or a chicken chases him, pretty fun to watch!! Philip and Andrew are taking very good care of him(yep Andrew helps too!!!). Still have not came up with a name yet