We have lots of chicks now, probably too many but many happy momma hens, so who can complain.
Kat and her four babies
Big Momma's chicks are getting big!
Kit has eight little ones in all
I didn't get a picture of Mrs. Java with her brood, or the teenagers, but they are all doing well. Now that the chicks are a few weeks old, I started opening the coop door so that the chickens can all free range at will. So far, the babies won't budge from the yard (glad about this - they are safe), but with most the adults leaving, it makes a much more relaxing area for the babies.
The ducks have decided to get in on the action of being moms, and it looks like at least three of my ducks have gone broody. Most the day, I can't find more than 2 ducks, and then about twice daily they all come charging into the yard to eat and drink, and then promptly disappear to their nests again. I have only pinpointed two, and really need to figure out where the others are going so I can set up some protection for them - of course not a single one has decided to nest in their fenced field.
Mrs. Feathers waiting patiently for ducklings
Did I mention that I'm incubating duck eggs too? I'm hoping for a few dozen to hatch. Looks like we'll be in the duckling business for sure!
I'm still getting lots of eggs. Even with giving 5 hens away and four hens being moms and taking a break from laying, I'm still averaging 30/day.
I've also decided to spruce up my egg business with pink cartons. They are bright and cheerful in the fridge, and my customers really enjoy them. Also I got green cartons for the duck eggs, and now I don't have to open the cartons or label them to figure out whether they are chicken or duck eggs.
The irises have started to bloom, and I am loving their sweet scent!
The Calla Lilies are going like gangbusters now, and looking much better now that the bug problem is in check. I couldn't resist picking a bouquet for the table.
No picture on the veggie side, but here's the status:
all tomatoes are in the ground
burned the largest brush pile from the earlier land work and this area will be used to plant more potatoes
planted second succession of peas, turnips, radishes, spinach, lettuce
planted starts of cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Tah Tsai, purple kohlrabi
got irrigation system set up in upper and lower gardens
Oh - almost forgot - I got the crazy lawn under control. Won't have to worry about getting lost when we step outside now!