Spring is the time for …. roadkill???

I’m starting to realize that there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  My to-do list keeps creeping onto new pages and I feel like I’m falling behind.  Maybe I spend too much time enjoying my surroundings and all the changes that are taking place.  It seems like the trees turned green overnight, the yard filled with bright yellow dandelions, and summer heat came upon us all at once.  The changing of the seasons goes by way too fast.

We spent the past week getting the garden ready to plant.  Yes, I know it should be done already and things like sweet peas, spinach, radishes, and herbs should be in the soil and ready for early harvest.  See what I mean by falling behind?  But we are plugging along.  Maybe we won’t have 3 different crop rotations this year but the harvest that we do get will be sufficient.  Todd and Nik were out with the tillers prepping the soil.gardening with ducks  I don’t know how they managed to get the work done with all the ducks and chickens staying close by to get all the bugs being tilled up!  Usually they were right underfoot.  Even the Pekins who usually like to keep their distance!  I should have gotten a picture when they had both tillers going at once.  Luckily no birds were harmed in the process!  One more tilling and we should be good to go!  We did manage to start 4 trays of seeds in the garage.  Everything else can be direct sowed in the next 2 weeks. 

We are still waiting patiently for our babies to be born.  Jill has been on her nest consistently for a while now.  Jack mopes around the yard like a lost little puppy.  He has become quite friendly with us.friendly goose  We can hand-feed him and one time he even tried to climb on Nik’s lap and give him a hug!  But when Jill comes out for a drink and honks for Jack, you better watch out!  He opens his wings and runs as fast as he can honking all the way to get to her!  It’s so sweet to watch.  There are 3 Muscovy nests and another Muscovy/Pekin nest.  It’s full of Pekin eggs but one of the female Muscovies found the nest and added a few of her own to it and decided to stay.  In another month we will have more babies than we know what to do with.  Oh, let’s not forget the 2Canadian goose with babies0 chicks and 8 ducklings coming for the kid’s 4-H projects.  One nest of babies that we don’t have to worry about is Mama Canadian Goose.  She hatched her eggs a few days ago and the goslings are off exploring already.  So many babies, so little time.

My husband has a project that I refuse to be involved with.  Feeding the bass in our pond.  Now, if his idea of feeding the fish was tossing in some fish food, I’d be all good.  But no.  He built a screened box and posted it in the pond.  So far so good.  But then Nik and him went and scraped dead animals off the road  (GROSS!!!) to lay on tracoon and groundhoghe screen and wait for the flies to lay maggots on it.   Then the maggots fall through the screen and feed the fish.  Yep.  They lost me at the roadkill part.  I must say that it is a good idea if you can get past the seriously gross part.  Maybe I’m just a wimp.  Or maybe I’m the only one who hasn’t lost their mind yet!  I’ll let you know when I get back in from fishing.  I hear the bass are biting like crazy!!

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2 thoughts on “Spring is the time for …. roadkill???

  1. Hi! I am Betsy, Mark WIlliam’s wife. Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your blog! Look forward to sharing information and ideas on gardening and canning with you. Mark has been against getting chickens but I’m still working on him so maybe soon!

    • Hi Betsy! So nice to “meet” you! Sorry that it took me this long to reply – something I really need to work on! Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s a work in progress, pretty much like everything we do around here. I could really use some help for my garden right now – it’s a mess unfortunately. You can’t turn your back on those weeds for a day without them taking over! Luckily our plants are still producing for us and I’ll be looking forward to canning some tomatoes and okra real soon! Know anything about tomatillos? Nik planted a bunch of them and now I need to figure out what to do with them all! We love our chickens and our ducks. I can’t believe how easy chickens are to keep and how friendly they become! I would have had them years ago. There’s nothing like fresh eggs from your own chickens. I’m still working on getting goats. Luckily Todd loves goats milk so it shouldn’t be too hard!

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