Welcome to Volume Four of a sort-of-monthly feature of updates on the homestead, small tidbits and news that aren't really worthy of a post of their own.
I raised Frank, my young white Muscovy drake, from the day he hatched out of his egg. He was an only duckling and grew up friendly, until one day when he bit my arm. This behavior continued and I finally realized he needed a mate. We found some Muscovies for sale in a nearby town and brought home not one but two hens, one for Frank's coop and one for the larger duck coop.
Frank as a teenager
Sharon and Mama are both laying eggs now and have quite a nest-full. I'm curious to find out who will set on those eggs or if they'll share the duties.
Egg production in the chicken coop is ramping up too. While I leave the Muscovy eggs for the hens to brood, the chicken eggs are for our consumption. In the depths of winter our eight hens were averaging just one egg a day. Lately I've been gathering 4-6 a day and yesterday there were seven eggs.
After all those really cold days in December we've had some beautiful days in January and February. Saturday we hit 84°F. The fire danger is critical though. We've had several wildfires around us and are ever watchful. I sniff the air outside several times a day, and check the horizon in all directions looking for smoke. I'm thankful for the volunteer firefighters who fight these fires and then keep watch to make sure they don't flare up again or hop across a road. We desperately need rain.
Hubby used the chainsaw to cut a path through the woods to the clearing that will house my beehive. A friend told me about Prairie Moon Nursery which sells wildflower seeds. I'll be ordering seeds that are native not just to my area but native to Oak Hill Homestead, seeds for plants that I've seen growing here over the years. I don't want to introduce anything new, just augment the number of plants so the bees will have plenty of food. My garden will contain more flowers this year too.
When the herb garden was new.
I'm looking forward to the plum trees blooming very soon. The earliest they're flowered is February 28th, just two weeks away! I wonder if they'll be early with all this warm weather we've had?
And speaking of soon, next Monday I have something special for you, so be sure to visit for all the details!
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