This is Chapter One of a new sort-of-monthly feature of updates on the homestead, small tidbits and news that aren't worthy of a post of their own.
First, Duck News:
Mama Duck hatched two ducklings from her summer clutch of eggs. I discovered one of them in the evening when I went out to feed, and I scooped it up quickly and put it in my makeshift brooder in the house.
|Duckling enjoying a bath while I clean the brooder.|
Both of the ducklings were solid yellow, which means they would be white as adults even though the parents are both black and white pied. The surviving duckling is doing well.
In the chicken coop:
I lost a broody hen during the hottest week of the summer. I'm sure that she got overheated and dehydrated. Another hen is broody now, and I haul her out of the nest box each evening when I collect eggs. She wanders over to the scratch I've tossed on the floor and has a snack, and I hope she also has a drink as she passes the waterer on her way back to the nest.
Homesteader Choice Awards:
I've teamed up with the Floyd Family Homestead to cohost the first Homesteader Choice Awards. I hope you'll nominate and/or vote for your favorite homesteading Facebook page.
In the yard:
I've put out hummingbird feeders almost every spring since we moved here. I'd hear a hummer buzz past me once or twice a year while I was out in the yard or down at the horse barn, but I never saw one take a drink from a feeder. I usually didn't refill the feeders and eventually took them down during the summer.
This year I've seen several of them in the garden, drinking from the mimosa tree's flowers, checking out my rosebushes. Last week I was buzzed twice in two days, so I took down the feeders from the plum tree where they were still hanging, cleaned them up, made some nectar, and hung them from the swingset, which is near the roses and within view of the kitchen window.
Since then I've seen up to four hummingbirds at once. They're arguing over the feeders; I think I'll get another one. I love hummingbirds and am thrilled to have them in the yard.
Around the homestead:
We've been slowly moving our storage items from a very old shed that needs to be torn down to our recycled metal shed. When we moved here, our new home was quite a bit smaller than our previous house, so anything non-essential went into this shed. The roof has been compromised and we need to get everything moved, sorted, and dealt with. It's been a hot summer job, but we want it completed before winter weather.
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