Saturday, December 22, 2012

Backyard Update

Our backyard is a confusing place this winter. Sarabi is clearly pregnant, and has been for quite some time. As Sophia puts it, “She looks like if she were human she’d be walking around with her hand on her back all the time.” Indeed. Here she is today, with a due date of January 13th (I modified from a later date when I learned Nigerians generally go five days earlier than other breeds):


Baby movement can clearly be felt, as well. Selkie is another story. She wasn’t witnessed being bred, and I go back and forth on a daily basis trying to make up my mind whether she’s pregnant or just getting fat from participating in the pregnancy diet! Today is one of my “Oh for sure she’s pregnant” days, and I just might have felt baby movement today:


Her due date is ten days behind Sarabi. I’m wondering if she’s not carrying a single. Well, time will tell. We’ll have kids from her by the end of January or not! If not, the girl is going on a diet for sure.

Here is a picture of both of them, exploring a short fence that has come down:


In other backyard news, we have weird ducks. They’re supposed to decrease laying as the daylight grows shorter, perhaps stop altogether. But ours? All of a sudden it’s four eggs a day. Crazy ducks! It might just be the quality of their diet – there are leaves on the ground and it’s wet and they spend their days blissfully overturning said leaves to find bugs, bugs, bugs. They’re not eating much of their store-bought food at all.

The only downside to all of this agricultural bliss is the mud. Gracious. There was never any grass to speak of in the backyard, but where we have dumped out the duck’s water over the summer, it is a gigantic mudslick.

I am definitely thinking about options for that situation for the next growing season.

So that’s the backyard report, December, 2012. Back to you, Chet.


Goat Girls Rule! said...

I don't think your ducks are weird, they're just, well, ducks. Mine too always increase egg production with rain -- the wetter, foggier and damper the conditions, the more eggs they produce. Day length is an optional addition to their lives -- mud and water is what makes them "tick".

Kimberly said...

Good to know! Thanks!

That's what happens when, like me, all of your information is from books and you own ducks rather than the more common chickens. A lot of the information is general poultry care and therefor I get chicken facts feathering my brain :-).

Yet another reason why ducks are fantastic. And here I thought it was just because we started muttering, "Duck a l'Orange would be tasty for the holidays".