Flock Friday for April 16

Some quite nice pictures of the ducks and chickens this week; sunny weather helps get better photos.

Some ducks in the pond:

Ducks in the pond

Duck butt:

Duck butt

Ducks on the lawn; I love Rémy’s shiny green head:

Ducks on the lawn

Betty peeking at me around the duck house:

Betty peeking

Chickens with treats (apple and kale this day):

Chickens with treats

Chickens

Chickens with treats

On another day, chickens expectantly waiting for treats:

Expectant chickens

Chickens with treats (cauliflower, grapes, and Brussels sprouts, in order of their preference):

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

Chickens with treats

The ducks continue to lay eggs in the duck house, but nobody sitting on them yet; we’re leaving them there for now, just in case:

Duck eggs

Bert on the duck house ramp:

Bert on the duck house ramp

Flock Friday for April 9

For Flock Friday this week, some ducks and chickens, plus duck eggs in a new place.

Some ducks in the pond by the duck house ramp:

Ducks

Others in the shallow end:

Ducks

Hey, look what I found: three duck eggs in a nesting box in the duck house! I wonder if they’ll lay more there; that is the ideal place to lay:

Duck eggs

Betty stretching a wing:

Ducks

Sleepy ducks:

Sleepy ducks

Ducks on the lawn, with chickens visible in the background:

Ducks on the lawn

Chickens enjoying apple slices:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chicken

Flock Friday for March 26

Chickens and ducks. You know the drill.

A new toy for the chickens: a mealworm treat roller, a container that dispenses mealworms as they peck at it, to keep them entertained for a while:

Chickens with mealworm treat roller toy

Ducks on the pond deck:

Ducks on the pond deck

Ducks on the pond deck

Ducks flapping wings:

Duck flapping wings

Duck flapping wings

Duck flapping wings

Betty:

Betty

Merida:

Merida

Chickens with the treat roller again:

Chickens with treat roller

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds:

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Look closely, and you can see more ducks next to the gazebo:

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Here are the other ones:

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

The two groups joining up:

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Ducks zooming over the pond to get treats:

Ducks on the pond

Martha is being broody again:

Broody chicken

Flock Friday for March 19

It’s Friday. You know what that means. This week, chickens enjoying wriggly treats, ducks in various places, and some brave (or foolish) birds.

Firstly, some chickens waiting for treats:

Chickens waiting for treats

Chickens waiting for treats

The treats of the day were apple peels, which are lots of fun for them — kinda like long worms, that they can grab and run off with them trailing behind:

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Chickens with apple peel treats

Some ducks on the lawn, with leafy treats:

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

A GIF of a Steller’s jay and a scrub jay grabbing some spilled cat food in front of the cat house:

Birds

A still edition of that:

Birds

A Steller’s jay with a bit of cat food in its beak:

Birds

Taking off with the food:

Bird taking off

Ducks following me down the path to the duck house:

Ducks following me down the path

Ducks following me down the path

Ducks eating in their house:

Ducks in their house

Here’s the fountain garden area; can you see some ducks?

Ducks in the garden

A closer shot of ducks in the garden:

Ducks in the garden

Flock Friday for March 12

Welcome to another Flock Friday. Surprisingly, with no pictures of the pond this time. But plenty of ducks and chickens, and even a surprise bird.

But first, some eggs — as the weather warms up, our chickens are increasing production; averaging about 8 to 10 per day currently:

Eggs

We’ve resumed giving them away to delivery folks, but are still drowning in eggs; we need to eat them faster!

The ducks have been more adventurous; here they are amongst the flowerbeds:

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Ducks amongst the flowerbeds

Almost to the field! Yes, I need to mow the grass; I’m planning to do that today, for the first time this year, if the mower cooperates.

Here they are on the back lawn:

Ducks on the back lawn

Ducks on the back lawn

Over by the chicken runs:

Ducks and chickens

Ducks and chickens

Ducks and chickens

Ducks

Chickens

She really blends in with the walls:

Chicken

Mealworm treats:

Chickens

A surprise bird in the storage area of the chicken coop; it must have flown in when I opened the door. I managed to encourage it to fly out again:

Bird

This morning while having breakfast, I was surprised to see the ducks on the driveway; they turned around pretty much straight away — no worms to eat on the asphalt:

Ducks on the driveway

Flock Friday for March 5

My blog is having issues with uploading images via WordPress at present, so I uploaded these via FTP instead. Shouldn’t make any difference, just a bit more work. Every time I have issues with WordPress, I’m a little more tempted to write my own blog engine. How hard could it be? (Famous last words.)

Let’s start with some sad news: after not losing any ducks for months, we seem to have lost one: we haven’t seen Cora for a few days. I haven’t seen a body either, or any sign of an attack, so it’s a bit of a mystery. I did look around to see if she’s nesting, but didn’t see any sign, and would have expected to see her occasionally. So I assume something grabbed her.

That leaves us with six females and five males. That ratio is getting worse.

Anyway, on with the pictures. Here’s the floating island with some ducks and eggs:

Ducks

Ducks on the bank:

Ducks

Ducks on the grass, with Rory on our evening rounds. She doesn’t go after the ducks; here, she is more interested in sniffing the deer poop than even looking at them:

Ducks

Peeking at some ducks in their house:

Ducks

On the pond:

Ducks

Bert on the ramp into the duck house:

Ducks

Duck butt:

Ducks

The ducks on the lawn near the chicken runs, with some chickens visible:

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

The two chicken coops:

Ducks

Some chickens inside the new coop:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

The ducks are venturing a bit further afield; here they are in the grove of trees behind the brown gazebo, and looping around it:

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

Flock Friday for February 26

This week was an exciting milestone: the ducks started laying eggs.

Firstly, a random picture of the chicken and duck feed:

Chicken and duck feed

Some ducks relaxing on the floating pond island:

Ducks on pond island

And near the edge of the pond:

Ducks

Several ducks coming to under the pond deck to get their mealworm treats, while a couple hang out on the island:

Ducks

Bert and Rémy on the island:

Ducks

A couple of latecomers zooming over from the far side of the pond:

Ducks

Ducks on the back lawn:

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

They continued over the lawn to the old chicken coop, so I got some pictures with both chickens and ducks:

Chickens and ducks

Chickens and ducks

Heading back over the lawn to the pond:

Ducks on the lawn

A cam shot with Bert spreading his wings on the island, and my first glimpse of eggs; more on that later:

Ducks

A bunch of pictures of the chickens:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken

Chickens

The ducks on the pond:

Ducks

Four eggs on the island:

Ducks and eggs

I was hoping they would lay eggs on the island, as a safer place from predators like raccoons.

These probably aren’t fertilized, but now that at least one of the them is laying, we may get baby ducklings before long:

Duck eggs

A bit of snow on the island:

Ducks

The chickens are continuing to ramp up production, increasing the number of eggs laid each day:

Chicken eggs

Flock Friday for February 19

It’s been an interesting week, with an ice storm, snow, and days of power cuts. The ice and snow is all gone now, and we have power again (albeit with an hour outage yesterday evening). But things still feel unstable, and I know other parts of the country aren’t faring so well.

If you missed them, check out the previous two posts on the ice storm, including pictures of the chickens and ducks.

Here’s an aerial drone shot of the pond and snowy environs; you can see the new island in the center, and the ducks nearby:

Aerial pond

Duck prints in the snow:

Duck prints in snow

Duck prints in snow

Despite the days of freezing weather, the pond didn’t fully freeze at all; the closest it came was a slushy crust:

Slushy pond

Ducks in slushy pond

The hummingbirds were very hungry with no other food sources:

Hummingbirds

Ducks on pond bank, with melting snow:

Ducks on pond bank

Ducks on pond bank

Ducks on the island:

Ducks on pond island

Ducks on pond island

A cam shot of sleepy ducks on the edge of the pond, and on the island. It’s got a bit of a tilt due to water pooling on it, but the edge is still above the water line, so that’s okay:

Ducks on pond island

Hungry hummingbirds again:

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Ducks on the lawn:

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

Ducks on the lawn

Let’s finish with a couple of token chicken pictures:

Chickens

Chickens

Flock Friday for February 12

It’s currently snowing; some snowy duck and chicken pictures towards the end of this post. Plus some pictures of the ducks using the new island, which makes me happy.

But first, a funny picture of a stretching chicken; such a long neck!

Stretching chicken

The ducks in the pond:

Ducks

On the edge of the pond:

Ducks

To see the new island, I moved the second camera to further back:

Camera

This is just a temporary placement, to check that the location works; at some point I’ll mount it more permanently:

Camera

The view from that camera, showing the first duck to go onto the island:

Ducks on island

Several ducks on the island:

Ducks on island

Ducks on island

Chickens in the veggie garden:

Chickens in the veggie garden

Chickens with leafy treats:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

In a nesting box:

Chicken in nesting box

Coming into the coop to get mealworm treats:

Chickens in coop

Ducks on the lawn:

Ducks

Ducks

Sleeping ducks:

Sleeping ducks

When approaching the pond, I noticed some ducks on the island; my first non-cam photo of them using it:

Ducks on island

Of course, as I got closer, most left it and swum towards me (swum/swam… grammar is hard):

Duck on island

Just Bert left on the island:

Duck on island

It snowed overnight. Here are some ducks on the island, and the older upturned pot islands, with snowy banks:

Ducks on island

Ducks going after leafy treats while it snows; they don’t care about the snow:

Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

Yes, the pond hasn’t frozen yet. It takes a while for it to cool down enough, but considering the high temperature today is about freezing level, I expect it to start to freeze in the next day or two.

Here are some ducks sleeping on the ledge at the edge, and some on the island:

Ducks

Ducks are very cold-hardy, but it’s probably warmer in the water than on land right now.

The chickens aren’t such fans of the snow. They came out to get their treats this morning:

Chickens in the snow

Chickens in the snow

Then headed inside:

Chickens