And we have a roof! If we hadn’t had rain this past weekend, it might have even gotten finished.
That is a cute line (duck, buck, goose), but I didn’t make it up. Someone said that in the comments the other day about the duck ‘n’ buck yard, which reminded me of how much I wanted geese. I’ve thought for a long time about adding a few geese to our farm. I love geese. However, I had made a pact with myself and everyone around me that I wasn’t adding any “fowl” to the farm this year. We have more chickens (and chicken eggs) than we need, and we have just enough ducks.
Ducks, partying after they learn the duck ‘n’ buck yard is nearly ready for them.
But someone was very, very bad and presented me with a gosling order they had made as a gift for my birthday! So it’s not my fault. I’m getting geese! They should arrive today.
Ducks: “Geese? What you talkin’ about, Willis?”
The geese are being shipped from Holderrread Waterfowl Farm and Preservation Center. (All the way from Oregon!) Dave Holderread is the author of several Storey books on ducks and geese, and they do a lot of work in the conservation of rare breeds. They sell purebred, and in many cases, show quality waterfowl, so their prices aren’t cheap, but you can get a “bargain” assortment of the take-what-you-get, and that is what is coming. Four little goslings–and they are surprises! Since they are purebreds, though, we shouldn’t have much trouble figuring out what they are once they mature.
They’re being shipped as day-olds, so they will need to be kept in a brooder, of course, and eventually in the chicken yard as they grow. When they’re big enough, they’ll join the ducks and bucks in the duck ‘n’ buck yard.
I’ll keep calling it the duck ‘n’ buck yard because duck ‘n’ buck ‘n’ goose yard is a mouthful, plus I don’t want to hurt the ducks’ feelings. They thought they were getting the pond all to themselves. They are just about to get rid of those nasty chickens and NOW THIS! Geese moving into their pond before they’ve even gotten on it!
This coming weekend will be a big moving party–the ducks and bucks will move into their new digs. Poky and Jack may also go down to the meadow bottom this weekend. Not sure how much we have time to accomplish all in one weekend, but soon the cows (both!) will be moving back to Beulah Petunia-land. Glory Bee is big enough to be confined by the electric fence out there now and the goat mommies want their yard back to themselves. A new divider fence will be going up in BP-land to allow for separation–and milking. (That may or may not be ready this weekend, so we’ll have to see. Might have to wait a little longer on the cow move.) A lot going on here. It’s spring on the farm!
Make it stop raining. We’ve got stuff to do.