The trouble with getting ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens in the mail is that they don’t have a mother to teach them how to act. It’s fascinating how innate behaviors actualize. The ducks and geese love water, but they seemed confused as to why at first. When we watered the garden they would run full speed towards us and Dan would spray the hose on the group and they would frolic in the water. Literally frolic. It was amusing.
A clay pit on the edge of our grove has filled with so much rain water; it has now permanently become a pond. After tip toeing around it, they have finally realized they know how to swim! So now, in the morning when Dan lets them out for the day, they promptly head to the pond for a morning swim.
A rivalry has developed between the geese and Ashley, the dog. She’s a bit camera shy.
Ashley likes to go in there for a dip to keep cool and a drink and the geese just go nuts. The ducks are much calmer, but they eat my flower buds so I haven’t forgiven them for that yet.
One of the chickens has hit puberty and is turning into a rooster, complete with a partial crow. I try to encourage him to keep trying.
He also has been trying to mate with the hens, so we may have eggs sooner than expected. Dan is hurriedly trying to get the chicken nests fixed and installed.
The turkeys LOVE mulberries. They leave purplish-black little “treats” everywhere now. I’ve found them roosting on the fence, Dan’s truck, even in the pine trees.
The zinnias bordering the garden are blooming and absolutely gorgeous! I love how each one is a different color.
The starfire signet marigolds are small and delicate but bold and beautiful in color.
Dan is toying with the idea of baling hay this week since we might have a few dry days.
This week we also start the Worthington Farmer’s Market downtown. We hope to see you there!