get at this stage, their feet smacking on the ground all the while. So cute! I can’t wait until we can get them outside rooting around in the dirt and in the sunshine – probably a couple more weeks under the heat lamps, until our weather regulates a bit more. We got these birds from the hatchery in Iowa called Murray McMurray which has a great catalog (you should have one around just for reading material!). The folks at Murray have a sense of humor, too – they offer lots of bird combinations based on use of the bird: Barbecue Special, Frying Pan Special, Homesteader’s Delight, etc. The bird package we got was the the Barnyard Combination #3, 6 ducklings and 6
goslings. They send an assortment of varieties – and we’ve had fun trying to figure out what types of birds we got sent. We think we have 2 blue swedish ducklings (the black ones), 2 fawn runners (upright ducks), and 2 pekin ducks (all yellow). In the goose department, we think we have 2 chinese white OR white embden, 2 toulouse OR african (they look identical at this stage), 1 Sebastapool (it will be frilly and white) and 2 buff goslings. We got sent one extra goose – thank you, Murray McMurray!
In other farm news, we have officially completed all of the construction of the Haygrove with the completion of the simple doors! Feels good to
finally be done, and start using the Haygrove to its fullest potential! We would have finished the doors last week, but we actually ran out of plastic that Haygrove sent us. When we called to let them know we thought we had been very conservative with the plastic, but still ran out, they made good with us and sent us the perfect amount to complete the doors! This is just another reason we love this company! They have been amazing in the customer service department! Thank you, Haygrove!
So now that that is done, we are well on our way with our growing season at the farm! We have transplanted our first round of head lettuces, baby bok choy, red, chioggia, and golden beets, and seeded the first rounds of arugula, broccoli raab, radishes, salad mixes & fava beans. Below, some pictures of that process – including a time lapse of transplanting. Because it’s fun to watch! Enjoy!
Doors open and secured.
Irrigation set up and flowing!
Covered the brassicas – to protect from flea beetles. I think that we could probably just have secured them with tacks instead of using a shovel and soil to secure the edges since we are under cover already and wind inside isn’t too much of an issue. Such creatures of habit are we.
Looking so industrious!
More gosling and duckling pictures… can’t resist! This is one of the African OR Toulouse geese.
One of the blue swedish ducklings looking curious!
Closing the new Haygrove doors.
Laying Driptape in the Haygrove
Transplanting Beets. Note very tired dogs not doing much – end of the day.