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

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

Flock Friday for June 11

Time to check on the ducks and chickens again.

Here are some ducks by the chicken coop, curious about me mucking it out:

Ducks by chicken coop

And on the lawn:

Ducks on lawn

Peeking at Sonja nesting, while refilling their food; her ducklings should hatch in a week or two:

Sonja nesting

Ducks on the path to the duck house:

Ducks on the path to the duck house

A token picture of some chickens:

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 and ducklings on the island

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:

Ducklings on the island

A GIF of ducklings struggling to get off the island:

Ducklings on the island

Last one:

Duckling on the island

Looking down at Betty and ducklings below the pond deck:

Looking down at Betty and ducklings

Looking down at Betty and ducklings

Flock Friday for June 4

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:

Chicken

Chickens

Chickens

Bert about to hop into the pond:

Bert

Ducks in 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):

Ducks on the path

Betty and a duckling on an upturned pot island:

Ducks

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 enjoying mealworm treats

Ducks enjoying mealworm treats

Ducks on pot islands:

Ducks on pot islands

Ducks on pot islands

Ducks on pot islands

Betty and ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Duckling

Ducklings

Betty and ducklings

A special Flock Friday: welcome to Betty’s ducklings

Last night Betty’s ducklings started to hatch! So this is a special Flock Friday primarily about that. I’ll probably follow up with daily posts about how they’re doing and with more pictures; I’ve only seen them on the duck house camera so far, as I don’t want to disturb them too soon.

I did get some duckling food when I went to the feed store a couple of days ago, so I’ll put that in the duck house for them later, though Betty will probably feed them. They don’t need to eat their first day; the nutrients from their eggs sustains them. For these ducklings, I want to remain fairly hands-off, letting their mother take care of them. She will provide them with her waterproofing oils, so they should be able to swim very soon. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

Before we get to the ducklings, here’s a peek at Sonja’s nest:

Duck eggs

Duck eggs

Sonja started full-time nesting last Friday (the 21st). So the clock starts then for her eggs hatching; expected around June 18. Assuming Betty allows the competition.

Here’s Betty on her nest, a week ago:

Betty

Sonja and Betty in their nests:

Sonja and Betty in their nests

Betty’s nest is conveniently behind the feeder tube, so she’s able to eat without moving:

Betty eating from her nest

Here’s an animated GIF of my first sight of one of Betty’s ducklings last night:

Betty and ducklings

A still image of Betty and ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Another GIF, with a couple of ducklings visible:

Betty and ducklings

Another pic:

Betty and ducklings

Dark GIF:

Betty and ducklings

Sonja, Betty, ducklings:

Sonja, Betty, ducklings

GIF (with broken egg shells visible too):

Betty and ducklings

GIF of an adventurous duckling:

Betty and ducklings

Pic:

Betty and ducklings

Stay tuned for more (and better quality) duckling pictures!

Flock Friday for May 21

Still waiting for Betty’s ducklings (could be any day now); still waiting for Sonja to start full-time nesting (could be any day now); plus some other pictures of ducks and chickens (with a particularly funny one at the end).

Here’s Betty, still nesting on her eggs, and not happy to be disturbed:

Betty

Betty

Betty

Did you see the video of her?

I added more straw to the duck house, and refilled their food and water:

Straw

Taking a peek at Sonja’s eggs while she was away; I see 10 eggs here (at least one under the straw):

Sonja's eggs

Sonja's eggs

She has been increasing the time spent sitting on them, but isn’t full-time yet, so I don’t think we can start the clock on them hatching quite yet. She has also gathered up most of that new straw to insulate her nest.

Ducks on the floating island:

Ducks on the floating island

Ducks on the floating island

Ducks in the pond:

Ducks in the pond

Ducks on the pond bank:

Ducks on the pond bank

Chickens with treats:

Chickens with treats

Chicken

Chickens with treats

Chickens

Chickens with treats

Chickens

Um, three chickens don’t really fit in a nesting box:

Three chickens in a nesting box