We're RELEASING the DUCKLINGS into the Chicken Moat!Feb 22, 2022
Well good morning everyone, welcome back to Living Traditions Homestead, today is going to be an exciting day at Homestead, many of you know that for the last 10 weeks we have been raising some
ducklingsthat are now adults. they still have to mature a bit but size wise they are almost fully grown so today is the day we will let them into the
chickenpit area with all the other ducks and
chickens we are very excited and i think they are leaving to have a lot of fun but first we haven't even done our morning chores so we have to be busy doing them and we thought we'd bring you good morning pigs you guys are hungry well you can hear everyone is excited to eat these pigs this morning Idaho pasture pigs are by far the loudest pigs we've ever raised only when they really want something, but I can't believe the funny noises they make today.
We have a gift for them. they have their normal feed but we also have some whey l Left over from making cheese this weekend and I love the way we are going to mix their feed with the whey and give them both today the white gives them a little of extra protein and then just pour some whey right on top of their feed the pigs don't mind wet feet at all they actually love it that way now in that first pen is our two gills one we are raising for meat and another that will be a new breeder for us when she grows up in this pen we have charlie our boar and myrtle our sow we had another sound called mildred we recently told you we ended up getting rid of mildred because despite our best tries we just couldn't get mildred pregnant, but this summer we are getting two more gilts from wisconsin, we are very excited to have gilts registered from pastured pigs inmate from idaho and they come from an amazing farm called duck creek pastures in wisconsin not too far from where sarah and I grew up about n and a half hours ago from where we grew up and we are so excited that kayla from duck creek pastures is bringing them to the farm this uh later this summer and we are excited to have two uh more gilts registered here so in the future we can also sell registered breeders ok these guys are hungry they each get a spoonful of feed ok who do you want the first bowl? the second one see how it works you just have to be patient good morning pink come on mom now if you're new here this is pink our dairy cow and we've had her since this spring we had to give up our hope cow previous milkmaid we weren't expecting that but we were so thankful and blessed to be able to find this little girl on a raw dairy and she needed to find a new home.
She is very young. She is just over two years old. her first calf and it was a calf so we have a registered jersey cow and a registered jersey calf our calf is about four months old 16 weeks now and just two weeks ago we started separating these two overnight because we weren't getting much milk and it's very common to separate the calf overnight and then the owner or farmer milks it in the morning, takes all the milk and then the calf gets the rest of the milk for the rest of the day, usually 12 hours and 12 hours so i want to show you baby real quick before milking yes rose is going to be a little confused but she will be ok now that we have had some questions and concerns about this whole separation process whether or not the calf gets it enough to eat if he's too young for this like I said he's four months old many people wean their calves completely at eight weeks 10 weeks so actually we are going to let her nurse this 12 in 12 until she is six months old so we will wean her at six months at this time she is also eating hay grass and some sweet feed we give her every day so she never run out of food in those 12 hours that she is separated from her mother we also have a water installation for her a tub an automatic water that she has access to water and she feels very comfortable with all this she feels so comfortable with this process that most nights we don't even have to chase her into this pen area she just walks in that's just part of the routine and she's doing so well that she's not even resisting parting with her mother we just did it when it naturally felt like good for the animals and us okay girl are you ready come on come on rose has a girl so you ready to go thank you for your milk okay let's go get your baby come on let's go looking ar your baby come on we go get your baby every day we've been pushing these two out on the pasture to spend the day there and not up through the barn really keeps the barn so much cleaner keeps down on the flies , which has been very helpful.
They have everything they need, so they love it. They are all day. today we try to let the milk rest in a bucket for at least 24 or 48 hours before giving it to the animals so that it curdles well this is how they like it it should taste better that's fine we are going to feed them first now we are going to be working around from some rain today actually it's starting to splash a bit but the weather is beautiful otherwise temperature wise we're going to work in the rain this morning chickens ok you'll find that in a while but for now we are going to let the young ducks out for now we are still going to let them out in the temporary pen area because we need to build a new gate at the back of their chicken coop today before we can let them out to the real chicken mo In the morning, uh, before we start installing the new door on the duck house, there's another project we want to try to accomplish today.
A couple of videos ago, I showed you that I built this amazing new automatic waterer for the chickens and the ducks, and I set it up on this platform with these pavers. Many of you expressed concern that you thought these pavers would get too hot for chickens and ducks to stand on during the heat of the day. Now I can tell you it's been over a week since I put these up here we've had a few days in the mid 90's and I've been watching them and I can tell you even in the hottest part of the day they're standing here no problem, In fact, they kind of gather here sometimes even when it's really hot, so I don't really think they're getting too hot and burning your feet, but just as a precaution, I want to make sure that doesn't happen, so we've been thinking about All this. area of the chicken pit and the amount of shade it last winter we showed you that we were putting up some arches in different places over the chicken pit hoping to grow plants that would grow over and over again and provide shade.
The problem is that the plants take too long to grow enough to actually provide any shade, so we'll come up with a new plan for those arches in the next few years, but for this year we need a solution right now, so today we're going to build a very easy shadow that covers this. We're actually going to use some of our woven grass cloth that we used in the garden because we think it's going to be perfect for making a little area of shade cloth here, so we're going to start on that project and then move on to the
ducklings, oh we'll build their new gate and let them out into the chicken pit so let's find out exactly how long this needs to be I'd say go halfway up the sides here yeah that looks good I'd say nine feet okay that is what i was thinking okay look at that oh it's actually almost exactly nine feet now we're not going to do anything too fancy to put this on what we're really going to do is use hog clips to put this on and we're only going to attach it to the fence if you're not sure which hog clips they are.
They look like this, you can pick them up at any type of farm store. They are called hog rings. Originally, they are for putting pigs. noses to keep them from taking root but they're good for a lot of different things today we're going to use them to attach this piece of grass cloth directly to the fence let's start with that so we can move on to the duck. home now I think throw it the other way okay let me go with the torch okay ready yes here we go perfect ok it was an easy project and I think it will work very well the good thing about this material is that it is woven one will not hold a lot of heat , but also if it rains it won't pool up here like it would if you know, a tarp or something should let the water run off, so I think this is going to work fine, at least it's a good temporary solution for this year until we can devise a better plan for these arcs.
I still have hopes that in the course of the summer all these plants will grow and on the arches some of them will start to like it. I said the problem is that they are growing too slow and the chickens really needed shade. It's been about a month now and we really don't have much longer to wait so this is a good solution for now if they seem to really like this and spend a lot of time under it I might even put another one somewhere else along the
moatso they have a couple areas to get out in the shade ok we are near the duck coop this is where the new door will go i have already cut out the size of the door i want let's use this as a template for everything else so the first thing we need to do is this is our actual fence that we're backing up against we need to cut a hole in the actual fence so the birds can get through so I'm going to hold the gate here where I want it now we want it more or less centered here as best as we can but we have to work with the constraints of the fence so I'm going to put this here now you can see that that means I'm going to have to cut the fence completely like this which is very well cut here now we don't want to cut all the way to the bottom we want to leave some strength at the bottom of the fence so we don't lose the tension we have in the rest of the fence so we only want to cut what is absolutely necessary to cut, which is that piece right there then on these sides we'll just fold them back to make sure they're out of the way so birds can't cut into them as they come in and out and now we've got a nice hole in our fence we can start building our actual door, here we go, we have an opening in t The door is ok, the hinges are on.
I installed a little chain up here so that during the day we can open it. Now we need to install some kind of latch so that at night we can keep them nice and secure when we put them down for the night so what we're going to do is because this is on the outside there's not a lot of space here I'm going to attach a piece of 2x4 on the bottom here because what we're going to install is a latch like this that we can put on at night and lock and I think that'll keep them nice and secure so I'm going to attach a piece of 2x4 here perfect that it's a nice tight lock that should keep them nice and safe safe overnight ok let's open this right now I have the front door to the chicken coop locked as well so they can't come in here and mess around while I was working so I'm going to open that up and then I'm actually going to try to kick them out and this will be the first time they've had a little bit of freedom, but now they're big enough to join. the chickens and the other ducks, so now you'll have access to this whole chicken and duck
moatwhich, for those of you who don't know, is six feet wide and about 850 feet long, surrounds this part of an acre of our property and it gives them plenty of room to run and catch all the bugs and eat grass and whatever they want so I think they're going to have a lot of fun today we just have to make sure they can figure out where the water is. is and that they get along with everyone else, so let's take them here and see what they do.
It's been about 10 minutes and right now they're all laying down taking a nap inside the chicken coop, so this plane isn't working. As it is, I'm at least going to try and move their feeder here so they can see it through the door, so I don't think they'll notice there's a door there right now, so that's what I'll do next. continuation. and we'll give it a few minutes and see if that works well the chickens have figured out how to get in the Now if the ducks figured out how to get out of the duck house I think there's about four or five chickens in there right now and I might also add that the chickens haven't even eaten all their food. down in your feeder and this is exactly the same food the ducks get so not much of a treat for the chickens they just think its ok ok this doesnt work either so the last thing you should try is really go inside and scare them even though I know it's going to cause a lot of chaos I'm going to try anyway I'm going to try to gently walk over to them to show them where the water is and they'll finally meet our other three ducks who have been here forever they go well , I think they are happy to have their freedom, it will take them a little timeknow that they have so much space now to run, but I think they are going to be very happy.
This is a very fun project. I'm very glad I brought them. Remember, if you are enjoying our videos, the best way to do it. help us is just share our videos on your social networks and also don't forget to subscribe to receive notifications of our new videos and like this video if you liked it, we are very excited to have so many ducks back on the farm, we loved having ducks in the past when we had a lot of them that's why we decided to increase our numbers once again plus we know you guys love to see the duck run in the morning we enjoyed it too so until next time thank you so much for stopping by our farm take care and may you god bless you god bless you
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