Good work, Vernon

Phil built some nice nesting boxes for the turkey hens and I have been finding at least one turkey egg nearly every day. I’ve been popping them in an old Hovabator a colleague gave me: I wasn’t even sure if they were fertile, but when I candled one yesterday evening at five days incubation, lookee…

Managing water for ducks in the winter

The topic of managing ducks’ (and geese’s) water needs in the winter seems to come up periodically on various poultry-raising boards. ¬†People always ask, “Can they just eat snow?” The answer is no. ¬†While they don’t need to swim, ducks and other water fowl must have a liquid water source that they can fully submerge…

Barnyard Bickering: Uncle Waldo versus Vernon

We are in the midst of a monster snowstorm. Virtually every school and a lot of businesses in southeastern Michigan were closed today. My employer ordered everyone to stay home (staff normally reports on snow days or has to make up the day at the end of the school year but this one is a…

Rejoicing over the lost and found.

So many times I think to myself how interesting life on our little hobby farm is and how I ought to get back to writing about all the odd and fascinating happenings, but busyness kept me from it and then it seemed awkward just to start writing again. But there is nothing like the thrill…