Flock Friday for July 23

Welcome to Flock Friday.

Last week I found the cupboard doors of the duck house wide open; I suspect a house viewer opened them and didn’t close them properly. I thought you might enjoy seeing inside. The jug holds food that drains into the feeder tube:

Duck house

Ducks on the pond:

Ducks

Ducks

Chickens enjoying rice treats:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Ducks on and near the bank of the pond:

Ducks

Ducks on the lawn:

Ducks

Ducks and Rory:

Ducks and dog

On the lawn again:

Ducks

Flock Friday for July 16

A focus on the chickens for this Flock Friday, including a couple of fun GIFs.

I noticed some chickens grabbing raspberries through the fence:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

Here’s a GIF of one jumping up to grab raspberries from a high branch; see how she turns her head back and forth to judge the distance:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

Another GIF of pulling a branch through the fence:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

That was hard work; nap time:

Chickens roosting in their run

Some photos of chickens with tomato, lettuce, and zucchini treats (the zucchini are starting to take over the garden):

Chickens with tomato, lettuce, zuccini treats

Chickens with tomato, lettuce, zuccini treats

Chickens

Chicken with lettuce treats

Chickens

We can’t have a Flock Friday post without any pictures of the ducks — here’s a token one from the pond deck. Betty’s ducklings are almost full-grown now, and Sonja’s are catching up fast:

Ducks

I haven’t spent much time with the ducks this week, due to our trip to Ashland and my subsequent illness, but I’ll be sure to get more photos of them for next week.

Flock Friday for July 9

Ducklings in the chicken run?!

Ducklings in chicken run

I have no idea how they got in there, but I heard their distressed peeping, and went over to let them out:

Ducklings in chicken run

Reunited:

Ducklings reunited

Betty’s ducklings are getting quite big:

Betty and ducklings

Sonja’s ducklings are still small, but growing fast (here some are snuggling under her):

Sonja and ducklings

More ducks:

Ducks

Two broody chickens in a nesting box:

Two chickens in a nesting box

More chickens:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Flock Friday for July 2

A little later than usual for Flock Friday, as we were out all morning while the house was inspected. But I wouldn’t want to miss sharing the fun pictures of our chickens and ducks!

Let’s start with some chickens with a head of lettuce from our veggie garden:

Chickens with a head of lettuce

The pond, with ducks and a bird flying low over the pond, to dip its beak for a drink:

Pond, ducks, bird

Another shot of a bird diving for a drink, plus Sonja on the island sitting on several of her ducklings:

Pond ducks, bird

A couple of ducks enjoying some shade:

Ducks enjoying some shade

I love that shiny green head:

Ducks

Hot chickens; chickens panting on one of the really hot days this week (don’t worry, they have flowing water to cool off):

Hot chickens

Hot chickens

Hot chickens

Sonja and ducklings:

Sonja and ducklings

Ducks on and near the island:

Ducks on and near the island

Betty and her ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings, and more ducks on the island:

Ducks

Sonja and ducklings:

Sonja and ducklings

Ducks on the lawn; Betty and her ducklings on the left, others in the middle, and Sonja’s ducklings on the right:

Ducks on the lawn

Chickens roosting in their run:

Chickens in their run

Flock Friday for June 25

It’s Flock Friday. Did you see the announcement about us selling our homestead? These updates will be continuing for a little while longer, so enjoy them while they last!

An aerial view of the pond:

Aerial view of the pond

Sonja and her ducklings on an upturned pot island:

Sonja and her ducklings

Sonja and her ducklings

Chickens:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Sonja and her ducklings, with other ducks in the background:

Sonja and her ducklings

Betty and her ducklings wading in the waterfall stream:

Betty and her ducklings

Finally, a GIF of some of Sonja’s ducklings eating from the duckling feeder:

Ducklings

Sonja’s ducklings on June 19 and 20

So, remember when I said that most of Sonja’s eggs wouldn’t hatch, like with Betty’s? Yeah, about that… I was wrong; it looks like pretty much all of them did. She currently has 16 ducklings!

I say “currently” as it is likely that some won’t survive their first few days, and others may die for various reasons over time, but it’s still more than expected.

Here’s a GIF of Sonja popping out of her nest, with a squirming mass of ducklings:

Ducklings

Another GIF; so many ducklings:

Ducklings

Last GIF of overflowing ducklings:

Ducklings

This morning Sonja led her babies into the pond. Definitely a benefit of mother-raised ducklings, able to swim a day or two after hatching:

Sonja and ducklings

Here they are with some of Betty’s ducklings in the background; the latter are only three weeks older, but so much bigger!

Betty's ducklings; Sonja and ducklings

Quite the flotilla:

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings

Flock Friday for June 18

Happy Flock Friday! We’re still waiting for Sonja’s eggs to hatch; based on when she started full-time nesting, they’re due around today, though could be a few days away.

Here is Sonja on her nest last weekend:

Sonja nesting

A peek at her eggs; I see 15 there, but there could be more hidden under the straw. As with Betty, probably only a few of those will hatch:

Sonja's eggs

Our pond, with Betty flapping her wings on the island, and her ducklings barely visible:

Pond

A closer look at Betty and her ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Did you see my blog post about adding more dirt to the island?

Ducklings and ducks on the far side of the pond:

Ducks

A snake taking a swim; don’t see them often:

Snake

Ducks on the lawn by the brown gazebo and grove of trees:

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

Sonja taking a break on an upturned pot island, along with Betty and her ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Betty and ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Betty and ducklings

They’re getting so big already!

Oh, I suppose I should include some token pictures of chickens too; the chickens are characters in their own way, but for some reason I take way more pictures of the ducks:

Chickens

Chickens:

Chickens

Chickens:

Chickens