Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Not enough hours in the Day!

We knew we would be busy and we are! Here are some photos of the things going on here at our little piece of heaven in Kentucky!

First of all I had no idea how  much ducks love grass...tall grass, short grass, fresh grass, old grass, green grass, dead grass....just as long as its grass! They still come in at night but also sleep out in the pasture. As the grass grows it gets harder to see them.

They always seem to have at least one lookout who keeps his head above grass and an eye to the sky! (There are about 10 ducks in this photo!) Next to grass ducks like dirt, fresh dirt is best, newly plowed or tilled and they are a real help...just ask Ralph!

I say "Cry Havoc and loose the ducks of War!"

We did not originally buy a roto tiller attachment for the Grillo but decided to after some problems with the 1984 Troy-built. It was not as expensive as we thought and it working out well. Ralph had already got the Hiller/furrower.

Grillo G110 Diesel with 30" tiller attachment


The Hiller/furrower for the Grillo


Tilling the new garden area


 The new furrows.
Ralph tilled the new plowing before furrowing it to plant potatoes. This land has been hay land for years and Ralph went over it just once with the Rotary plow. It does an excellent job of first breaking sod.


The poultry liked the new turned dirt, bugs and grass shoots to nibble on! They all get along quite well. They also all seem to like different things.


The guineas are dangerous and totally oblivious to the Grillo, they will dig and peck in front of it right to the last second before Ralph would have to stop, then they run like crazy and complain as loudly as they can!


When Ralph plowed the sod the ducks found the edge of the plowing addicting and foraged up and back as Ralph worked. They did not get in his way but after about 10 trips back and forth they were so full they waddled out of the plowing to the edge of the grass and plopped down, stuffed and tired. Their crops almost dragged on the ground. We are not sure what they were eating...they were busy though and quite happy with something in the field.

The potatoes, Fava Beans, beets and peas are in the ground and the Garlic is showing up in full force in the section of the house garden we planted it in last fall. The Lilac bush is blooming but looks sickly so I am researching what it needs and our mystery bush that bloomed in December and withstood hard frost is blooming again.

 The Mystery Bush...it looked like this in December too.

 One of our young Buff Roosters, we kept two, has fallen hard for two flirtatious Buckeye hens...he takes very good care of them!


And then there are the turkeys..wild turkeys everywhere....HEY wait....thats not a wild turkey Tom thats our Bad boy Double Chocolate! He is still trying to win the hearts of the wild turkey hens! They just ignore him!



We are getting a lot done and have more to do, work is endless on a farm but so worth it. We go to sleep at night planning the next days adventures and there is always something new to see and do. Life is wonderful!

God Bless all of you and keep safe.....enjoy life like this Buckeye hen, she is loving the spring dining!

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14 comments:

  1. Ducks! I love them! Such great pictures of Ralph with all his field "help". Looks like you both have full plates this spring. So happy for you!

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    1. I am going to post about duck eggs shortly, not just for better baking!

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  2. Love the pic of the birds helping with the tilling!

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    1. Oh they are a "help!" They are keeping the yard clipped though, it looks mowed!

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  3. oh this was fun! Ducks, you gotta love those precious beaks
    love your Tom, too
    and thanks for the rooster crow...loved it!

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    1. I have been trying to get good video of one of our Australorp Roosters crowing, he has a marvelous crow....but if I have the camera...he just gives me this look and shuts up and does not issue even a peep!

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  4. Reading your poultry posts always leaves me wanting to try ducks & turkeys of my own : ). Keep up the good work, you two are living the dream, for sure!

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    1. They teach us something every day. These Heritage breed turkey's are so interesting and the ducks....they make us laugh with delight when they waddle out to pasture.

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  5. I love seeing a newly tilled garden. So fresh with possibilities! Love seeing your chickens and ducks helping. That made me smile. Our ducks have discovered that there are grubs under the straw right outside the goat shed door. They've been doing an excellent job on grub control.

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    1. We are pleased with the new breaking, it does need organic matter so we are going to be working with cover crops between seasons and the poultry adds "stuff" to the soil. Ducks are more versatile than we ever dreamed.

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  6. That looks like a Weigelia or Flowering Quince. Love your ducks!

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    1. Tewshooz, thank you so much for identifying the mystery bush! Our ducks are such fun and their eggs make my cornbread rise like crazy!

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  7. i thought the bush looked like quince.
    interested to read duck egg post.
    if you could have only one, would you choose ducks or chickens?

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    1. Ducks or chickens? That is a horrible hard question. I think it would depend on space. Ducks need a lot more room to be happy and chickens can deal with a smaller lot. We love them both and both do good things for the farm. I have looked up quince and your right too!

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