Carla Burke

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A Christian & devoted Patriot, wife, soap maker, herbalist, formerly a homeschooler, baker, truck driver, and more. I was born in the South, but actually grew up around the Great Lakes. Both of my families had big, lush gardens,& preserved everything they could for the winter. I carried that into my own life. But, change happens and for over a decade, it just wasn't an option. Now, retired in the Ozarks, on 29 heavily wooded acres of mostly ravines, our best crops are nearly inaccessible wild blackberries, rocks, wild herbs, and ticks. We're utilizing our burgeoning small-livestock collection, straw bales, raised beds, and containers to build soil, and a better, healthier life for ourselves and our beloved critters, who provide us with eggs, meat, milk, fiber, fertilizer, tick control, loads of entertainment, and even help turn the compost.
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Jay Angler wrote:A suspect anytime between Miss Broody's original due date and the new egg's due date should be fine. Is the new egg fertile? If you're getting extra ducklings, having them match that duckling's due date would make sense to me.

That's what we tried to do, too. It can take some careful planning, if you're ordering online, lol.
11 hours ago
But, what if my dreams are just weird, and don't teach me anything?
21 hours ago
If you often dream of falling, it's probably a wise thing to make sure there's nothing next to the bed that would hurt, to land on (like the heels on those cowboy boots, or your kid's tonka truck!)- better yet, throw some extra pillows or cushions there - unless of course, you often wake during the night, to pee...
21 hours ago
Often, this works - with chickens and ducks. My understanding is that Muskovy are one of the best ducks for this, happily sitting on any eggs it can. In our case, it was chickens, lol. We have Buff Orpingtons, who are much the same way, and it worked out beautifully, with our first broody, not as well for the second - but there were extenuating circumstances, and I think had things outside the nest not gone sideways, she'd have made as a great little mama to our ducklings as the first one did, to our Black Austrolorps. So, no guarantees - but, there's a good chance it will work out well.
22 hours ago
This isn't the happiest of topics, but most definitely one I think needs to be considered, realistically. I'm 56, so I'm not quite there yet. On the other hand, we are both disabled, and bikers, and... well... we buried a couple friends, last month, who died together, on their bike. They were only a few years older than us. So, since life - and death - happens, it's something I think about, occasionally, and we have a lot of critters, now. The CCC (Current Critter Count) includes 8 goats, 11 chickens, 2 ducks, 2 guinea pigs, and 2 puppies. The oldest are the guinea pigs, at 4yrs old (which is at least half - 3/4 their normal life span), and next is our first goat buck, at a 'whopping' 3.5 yrs old. So, they're mostly all babies - and we're breeding the daiiry/fiber goats, starting this Wednesday. The general life expectancy of goats varies by breed between 10 and 19yrs, with the bucks outlive the does, sometimes by several years, and our younger bucks are only 6months old, so we could be looking at a 20yr commitment, there.

Anyway, what's weird is that two things popped into my email inbox, almost at the same time, this morning; notification of this thread, and my daily from Dr Becker, on this topic:
23 hours ago
What are you, a singer from the 70s?
1 day ago
Don't you know why I changed it?
1 day ago
Would horehound, clove, and honey do?
1 day ago