Sunday, November 15, 2015

duck yard

we're enjoying some good rain today.  just before the last big rain we had i sowed a pasture mix into the duck yard area and put up a temporary fence to keep it protected while it germinates and gets established and yesterday staal and i put in some 4x4 posts for the permanent fence.  i've decided to divide the yard into two sections.  i'm going to completely enclose a section off the back of the duck shed that will have wire on all sides as well as over the top and provide a safe area for swimming and exercising when i'm not able to keep an eye on the ducks.  the fully enclosed area will open into a larger fenced pasture/duck garden area where they can forage when i'm out working but need to keep them contained.

the ducks are still sleeping in their duck safe in their run at the back of the kitchen garden.  i've been putting off moving them until i get a secure outdoor run built for them.  runners are a little high strung and a bit skittish about new things so i've been working on getting them comfortable walking into the new duck shed and spending time in there.  we've had some kale parties inside and they've spent some time enclosed there when we've been out running errands.  they seem to be adapting to the new space quite well.  i've been leaving the shed door open during the day while they forage and they've started going in on their own to get a drink and root around in the straw.  

with the fall planting done and the rains keeping the gardens watered i'm hoping to be able to focus a bit more time on getting this little project wrapped up so i can move the ducks to their new digs.