Ducklings day 59: mucking out the duck house

Today I mucked out the duck house.

But first, sleepy ducks:

Sleepy ducks

Approaching for treats:

Approaching for treats

Eating treats; check out those tongues!

Eating treats

Eating treats

Mucking out the duck house; it had many layers of compacted straw:

Mucking out duck house

I took several loads of dirty straw to the compost on my cart:

Dirty straw on cart

The straw added a lot of volume to the compost bin:


Empty duck house:

Empty duck house

Fresh straw:

Fresh straw

I probably won’t need to muck it out again for a while, now that they aren’t living in there anymore.

I also refilled their food, in the inverted jug at the top of the feeder tube:

Refilled food



The ducks visited the duck house to eat; here Bert and Betty seem to be comparing notes:


Bert with a dirty bill, while others eat:



An animated GIF of ducks eating:

GIF of ducks eating

Cat update for week ending August 1

As is usual for warm weather, the feral cats haven’t been hanging around as much in the last week, so I only had 16 photos from which to choose; perhaps a new low for me. I picked 10.

Poppy and Porcini inside their house:

Two cats inside

Porcini and Pommie outside:

Porcini and Pommie

A mother and two young raccoons looking at the cabins (no cats were home):


One of the twins in the breezeway cabin just before dawn:


Waiting for breakfast:

Waiting for breakfast

Breakfast dispensing:

Breakfast dispensing

I startled Porcini when walking on the path near the cat house (her mouth is open licking her lips after eating, not reacting to me):


She retreated to behind the cat house (lots of lens flare at that time of day):


Two on the deck:

Two on the deck

Pepper in the shop:

Pepper in the shop