Monday, 20 June 2022

Dealing with gluts

 

What to do with a glut of duck eggs and leeks? Turn them into a glut of flans!

Friday, 17 June 2022

Nesting ducks


 We have 3 broody ducks at the moment. I discovered this nest a few days ago. Below the duck is on the nest.


We have one duck that's set up her nest in a pot next to the quail house. And it seems we have another duck nest, this time in one of the henhouses. Hatching is expected in early July.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

More quail eggs

 

Egg production by our quails was quite low in the early spring, perhaps 1-3 a day. The moment we put some quail eggs into the incubator, the number being laid shot up to 5-7 a day. Excellent timing as usual! Nevertheless, we need new birds as the existing ones are clearly losing productivity. The eggs are due to hatch towards the end of next week.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Potato planting

 

I am very pleased we put so much effort last year into planting so many potatoes. We are still using them up (see photo above of omelette and chips produced from our own supplies recently). Today however we have planted 20kg of seed potatoes. It is rather late in the season for planting but we still have more space for more seed potatoes to go in. 

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Silage making

 

We have been experimenting with making silage. We filled a wheelie bin with nettles and grass, packed them down, added a bit of molasses and sealed the bin shut with duck tape. The contents will be left to ferment for 3 months and then we will see if our sheep and goats are prepared to eat the silage. If they do, we will judge the experiment a success and will make more so we have a supply of feed throughout the winter that avoids us having to buy in feed (which is increasing considerably in price).

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Sheep shearing

 

It's that time of year - time to shear the sheep. We've made a start. We've managed to do 4 already! While that is a number a professional sheep shearer can do in a few minutes on their own, 3 of us - all amateurs! - are building up our skills and experience rather slowly. 

We still have 4 texels to do and then 9 Hebrideans. Then we need to sort what we are going to do with the wool.

Photo above - David with Rex, our texel ram, with his new short back and sides!

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

First jam of the season

 

My first jam of the season was made this morning: apple, rhubarb and ginger.