A new @YellowCottageHomestead TikTok video of some ducks on the lawn, including Betty and her five ducklings:
Some pictures of cats in the cabins and their house, and outside. And one not-a-cat.
Sleepy cabin cat:
Inside the cat house:
Two cats inside:
Pommie watching Paladout in the tree (behind the timestamp):
Not a cat; unusual to see a possum in daylight hours. Watched by a cat behind the house:
Porcini enjoying a cabin:
Spud and Porcini:
Sitting in front of the cabins:
Porcini watching me:
Unusual to see Bella in the house:
Time to check on the ducks and chickens again.
Here are some ducks by the chicken coop, curious about me mucking it out:
And on the lawn:
Peeking at Sonja nesting, while refilling their food; her ducklings should hatch in a week or two:
Ducks on the path to the duck house:
A token picture of some chickens:
Betty and her ducklings on the floating island; they’ve been making good use of it as a safe place to sleep, which makes me happy:
Betty left to grab some treats, and the ducklings struggled to follow; I really need to add more dirt to fill in the interior, and make it sit lower in the water:
A GIF of ducklings struggling to get off the island:
Looking down at Betty and ducklings below the pond deck:
Hey cat fans. Just seven pics for Caturday this week.
Cabin cats Porcini and Pommie:
Porcini relaxing in the shade of grasses under the bird feeders. And if a bird happened to fall into her mouth, she wouldn’t object:
Porcini is an expert at relaxation:
Bella and Spud at the cat house:
On last week’s Flock Friday I announced the hatching of Betty’s ducklings, and followed up with three days of posts featuring the ducklings. I may do that again once Sonja’s ducklings hatch, expected around mid-June. But for now, it’s back to a more normal Flock Friday post, with some duckling pics included.
Starting with a few token chicken pics on a wet day:
Bert about to hop into the pond:
Ducks in the pond:
Ducks on the path to the duck house (time to remove those gates; don’t need them with mothered ducklings):
Betty and a duckling on an upturned pot island:
Ducks enjoying mealworm treats; it didn’t take the ducklings long to learn how tasty they are, and come zooming over when they see me on the pond deck:
Ducks on pot islands:
Betty and ducklings:
A quick post about our honey harvest yesterday. We noticed that the Flow hives were getting full, so harvested over three gallons of honey from them:
The bees on the cedar hive were bearding quite impressively; I guess it was too hot in there (GIF):
I also took the opportunity to move some of the spare beekeeping equipment into the recently-completed bee shed:
Jenn double-filtered the harvested honey, and transferred it into 24 pints and 5 smaller jars:
Not that we needed more honey; we’re still working our way through last year’s harvest. Everyone who visits our homestead has to take home a jar of honey and a carton of eggs!
Are you enjoying the daily updates on Betty’s ducklings, or is it just too much cuteness for you? Let me know!
Yesterday evening the ducklings had their first taste of mealworm treats… and they really liked them, unsurprisingly:
This morning — Bert, Betty, and ducklings:
Betty and her ducklings; yes, there are still five; four together and one further back:
One on a pot island:
Some more pictures of Betty and her ducklings!
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I put a duckling that was struggling in with Sonja, who was also looking after another of Betty’s ducklings. Here’s a GIF of those two from yesterday afternoon:
Later they joined Betty; here she is next to the duck house with six ducklings (a little hard to see them all, but they are all visible here):
Yesterday evening she led them back into the duck house for the night; there are three visible here:
Though I think one didn’t make it back in, or didn’t survive the night, as we only saw five ducklings this morning. Attrition is a natural part of having ducklings; that’s why the ducks lay 15 or more eggs.
Here are a bunch of pictures of Betty and her ducklings swimming in the pond today:
Jenn captured some pictures of Betty and ducklings on one of the upturned pot islands:
A view from the pond deck, with the other ducks rushing over for treats:
So cute. Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow.
Lots of activity with Betty’s ducklings today!
We start with some GIFs and pictures from yesterday afternoon.
An animated GIF of a duckling going into and out of the dish under the feeder tube:
Duckling in food dish:
A photo of Sonja half-buried in her nest:
Me adding a duckling food dispenser:
A photo of Betty and four ducklings; I later saw a total of six:
A GIF of Betty gathering in a duckling with her wing:
A GIF of Betty flapping her wings; it’s good to stretch:
A GIF of ducklings exploring the food:
A GIF of ducklings eating:
A picture of ducklings eating:
Ducklings about to explore the ramp:
Betty chasing the ducklings back inside:
A GIF of Betty chasing off another duck, as one of the ducklings was exposed in the middle box:
A GIF of Sonja moving around in her nest, and ducklings exploring:
A GIF time-lapse:
Ducklings by the door:
A GIF of Betty and her ducklings going into Sonja’s nest:
A GIF of Betty and her ducklings heading out the pop door on the way into the pond:
A bunch of pictures of Betty and ducklings on the ramp then their first swim in the pond, with other ducks nearby (thanks to Jenn for capturing most of these):
One of the ducklings was struggling, looking like it might drown, so I fished it out of the pond and put it back in the duck house:
I put it in Sonja’s nest, as I noticed another duckling in there, probably from when Betty went into that nest:
Here you can see Sonja and one of the ducklings:
The other four ducklings took a breather on the edge of the pond, while Betty was quacking nearby:
Hopefully the ducklings won’t overtire themselves, and will be able to find their way back into the duck house tonight, or some other safe place.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Betty hatched some ducklings a couple of days ago. Today they took their first swim in the pond.