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:
Ducks on the pond:
Chickens enjoying rice treats:
Ducks on and near the bank of the pond:
Ducks on the lawn:
Ducks and Rory:
On the lawn again:
A focus on the chickens for this Flock Friday, including a couple of fun GIFs.
I noticed some chickens grabbing raspberries through the fence:
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:
Another GIF of pulling a branch through the fence:
That was hard work; nap time:
Some photos of chickens with tomato, lettuce, and zucchini treats (the zucchini are starting to take over the garden):
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:
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.
Ducklings in the chicken run?!
I have no idea how they got in there, but I heard their distressed peeping, and went over to let them out:
Betty’s ducklings are getting quite big:
Sonja’s ducklings are still small, but growing fast (here some are snuggling under her):
Two broody chickens in a nesting box:
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:
The pond, with ducks and a bird flying low over the pond, to dip its beak for a drink:
Another shot of a bird diving for a drink, plus Sonja on the island sitting on several of her ducklings:
A couple of ducks enjoying some shade:
I love that shiny green head:
Hot chickens; chickens panting on one of the really hot days this week (don’t worry, they have flowing water to cool off):
Sonja and ducklings:
Ducks on and near the island:
Betty and her ducklings:
Sonja and ducklings, and more ducks on the island:
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:
Chickens roosting in their run:
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:
Sonja and her ducklings on an upturned pot island:
Sonja and her ducklings, with other ducks in the background:
Betty and her ducklings wading in the waterfall stream:
Finally, a GIF of some of Sonja’s ducklings eating from the duckling feeder:
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:
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:
Our pond, with Betty flapping her wings on the island, and her ducklings barely visible:
A closer look at Betty and her ducklings:
Did you see my blog post about adding more dirt to the island?
Ducklings and ducks on the far side of the pond:
A snake taking a swim; don’t see them often:
Ducks on the lawn by the brown gazebo and grove of trees:
Sonja taking a break on an upturned pot island, along with Betty and her 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Sonja and Betty in their nests:
Betty’s nest is conveniently behind the feeder tube, so she’s able to eat without moving:
Here’s an animated GIF of my first sight of one of Betty’s ducklings last night:
A still image of Betty and ducklings:
Another GIF, with a couple of ducklings visible:
Sonja, Betty, ducklings:
GIF (with broken egg shells visible too):
GIF of an adventurous duckling:
Stay tuned for more (and better quality) duckling pictures!
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:
Did you see the video of her?
I added more straw to the duck house, and refilled their food and water:
Taking a peek at Sonja’s eggs while she was away; I see 10 eggs here (at least one under the straw):
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 in the pond:
Ducks on the pond bank:
Chickens with treats:
Um, three chickens don’t really fit in a nesting box: