Hello Pack. It has been a fun on the farm kind of week. Growing and raising food has been nearly the sole focus of our tribe. The baby animals just seem to keep on coming on a daily basis.
We helped a tribe member with his calving, ever momma and baby are doing quite well. The Buckeye chicken population in the United States has increased by at least seven this week, thanks to our fairly successful attempts at incubating.
Even though my flock still refuses to spread their wings and fly up into the nice nesting boxes I provided for them, one is now setting a clutch of eggs on the coop floor.
The ducklings keep arriving as well. We had two new one born this week with several more egg that show signs of new arrivals looming.
The first round of ducklings and the guineas my beloved surprised me with are growing quickly as well . I have never had keets with such a voracious appetite before nor such a steady growth rate. Baby guineas are such fragile things. It is not unusual for them to accidentally squish each-other when the get into a “cuddle puddle” at night.
Guinea #7, as I call it, is a slight bit confused – it thinks it is a duck. When the ducklings cuddle up at night, they get into a semi-circle and use each other’s rump as a pillow. Guinea #7 is always included in the bedtime gathering and offers his rear end as a pillow, as well. I have tried several times to get a cute photo of the duckling and guinea sleepover, but when I raise my phone to snap a photo they all scatter.
If you have never baked with duck eggs, you should start. They make bread, biscuit, cake, or pie taste so much richer, creamier, and delicious. Because duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, you must make some slight adjustments in your recipe.
I have never eaten guinea eggs or meat, but people do, and often refer to them as a “poor man’s pheasant.” We keep guineas solely to protect our meat and egg birds. They are also a great no-tech surveillance system on your prepper retreat. The birds will launch into shrieking whenever some animal or human they perceive as not belonging, gets near their home base.
Our dwarf banana trees are thriving, and so is the dwarf Moringa trees. They are spindly at the moment, but are popping back up after recovering from an intense growth spurt, and a lack of light after several days of clouds and rain.
The last of our duck and chicken eggs are in the incubator on the table, awaiting their introduction into the big wild world.
We got in a little bit of target practice this week both with rifles and compound bows. Work on enlarging our pond continues. That project keeps getting stalled when equipment or vehicles need worked on – which seems neverending.
Soon it will be time to bale the first round of hay, everything comes to a halt during baling time unless it is an animal birth or emergency.
I know a lot of the Pack are animal lovers in general, so here is just a photo for fun to bring a smile to your faces this week. Sadie and my horse Ruby are lined up at the “treat window” AKA bathroom window – with the rest of the herd not far behind.
I think they have synced with my alarm clock and meet me there nearly every morning. I think Sadie must have dropped a few crumbs on her face and being an awesome horse, Ruby offered to clean them up for her.
This Week’s Questions
- How have you increased your food stockpiles this week?
- What type of no, low, or high tech surveillance systems do you use or want to use on your prepper retreat?
- What poultry keeping tips do you have to share or questions would you like answered from our online survival community?
- What did you do to prep this week?