Hey dirt lovers!
Chickens are the gateway to other, backyard fowl.
Why ducks? Ew! They're messy, high maintenance and they need a pond! That's waaay too much work.
But they're cute and they eat slugs, so why not take baby steps to duck ownership and see how it goes?
I did a LOT of research. Maybe too much.
Then, I dug a pond and it held water... for three days.
I dug another pond but it doesn't cycle enough water with our ground fed spring, so it's a mosquito breeding ground in the making. Next option, kiddie pool, in-ground bathtub... there are options, but the solution must be cute and functional.
At the end of May, I got three little Runner Ducks from the last shipment of the season at The Grange Supply in Issaquah.
I've never tried duck eggs.
After 8 days of duck ownership, I'm becoming unhappy with the smell their wet bedding makes in the garage.
They get daily playtime outside in a pool and they're so fun to watch. We have three baby chicks as well, so the group of six baby birds makes for cheep entertainment.... sorry, had to.
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On the best days, I roll out of bed, make coffee and wander across the patio to my herb garden.
I pinch off some mint, sage, oregano, lemon thyme and rosemary to chill in water with lemon, lime or orange wedges for lunch.
Hours later, I can be found in the garden, still in my pajamas, elbows deep, ripping up weeds. Around noon, freshly laid eggs are liberated from the chicken coop and voila, lunch. Late summer omelets include cukes, tomatoes, and a variety of vegetables and herbs.
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