Ducktales chapter 1

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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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.

Two alpacas in thick green grass

Officially Summer – and how lovely it is

The first days of summer greeted with a mixed bag of weather. The first day was coldish and still wet with quite some wind. But that all eased down on the second day which turned into a nice, dry and hot summer day featuring blue sky and green grass.

Spring time – so beautiful

Nothing much really has happened over the last few weeks and hence our updates have been rather sparse.
One thing did happen however: Think it really turned spring.

A Black Cayuga duck with 12 ducklings waddling behind her in the paddock

Ducks, and more ducks

A few mother ducks did disappear a few weeks ago and we thought that was suspicious. Today Monty revealed her secret and what a cute fluffy surprise that was.

Black cat in a wooden planter box

Plant-a-cat

When we put those planters up, we had best intentions. So had the Ziggy the cat. But her intentions were quite obviously different to ours. Growing cats? Well, it’s worth a try.

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