Busy weekend

After the rainy weekend we got busy outside again. Saturday we weeded the paddock and sowed new grass plus added fertiliser. Sunday we got the concrete mixer out and got builders mix and cement from Waimauku Landscape supplies to pour concrete into the animal shelter. It has been wet in there ever since we built it, so this will hopefully make it dryer and more easy clean for the coming winter.
Our efforts were rewarded with a lovely sunset and hungry animals as there is still not too much grass around. So we fed them some hay and they were happy.

This is a photo of Shady and Rusty nicely asking for food.

Rescue or resident ducks?

Over the last couple of weeks several female Mallard ducks have been released back into freedom. The two which we released two weeks ago have turned into a permanent resident feature.

Closeup view of a frizzle hen sitting in a wooden nisting box

Cuckoo style eggs

Contrary to Honky, our frizzle hen Fluffy has been broody for several weeks and been sitting on no eggs – chicken brains are funny. So we decided we give it a go and shoved the three duck eggs under her. She’s been a happy chicken now for two weeks and very protective on top.

4 Mellard ducks plus male and femals Paradise duck in the paddock next to a concrete water trough

Ducks teaming up

A few times in a row I have now been observing them in the paddock in the morning, making their way up the hill back to the house.
Down at the pond or on their way up they must have met our resident paradise ducks.

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