Ever since we went to the Kumeu Showgrounds poultry show, a certain someone in our family wanted ducks.
We finally organised some duck eggs and got some more from a local lady whose ducks had been laying frantically.
Meanwhile we bought an incubator. Should you ever go down the same road, please invest a bit more into a better incubator, the first one that arrived here did not even make it in one piece here.
Equipped with incubator and 20 duck eggs, we set out to start. A month later we were rewarded with the first duckling hatching.

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Lockdown – here we go again

If not doing office work, we fix fences, move animals around, collect, cut and chop firewood, dig trenches, build goat houses 😉 and fix all sorts of things that break over time.

Two grey ducls and a brick pathway in the wet with wet grass behind them.

Water everywhere – in the midst of winter

It’s been rather wet, foggy and cold in the last couple of days. The cats spent more time inside and expressing a form of cabin fever when awake but they are mostly asleep.

The horses are asking for more food, the chickens are hiding in their house and the ducks – well, the ducks are in their element.

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More foraging

A few days ago there was finally a window with no rain and a bit of time, so managed to fill 4 feed bags with pine cones. Pine cones are excellent fire starters, full of resin and a rather large surface, thus burn really well, long and hot.

View of the valley with fog lingering over the Kaipara river meandering through the valley

Seasons: Bye Summer, hello Autumn

The seasons are changing. Summer went and Easter and Autumn came around. We have been starting to prepare for winter to come.

piece of paper with some feathers and ink bottle we used.

Making quills out of duck feathers

We created quills out of some duck feathers. They have the big advantage that the quill is actually pretty long already. Still not long enough to actually handle them properly though. Shaved some of the vane off and it was much better.

Eastern Rosella on the fence line

Life is slowing down

After being rather busy over the last week before Christmas with a film crew on site and the typical “everything needs to be finished by Christmas” work frantic, we are now all truly in holiday mode.

All at Pukeatua Farmstay wishing you a lovely and relaxed time and a Happy New 2021. May it bring prosperity and happiness.

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