They start young! The middle duckling just caught
a fly, on his first day out. The others are taking a brief rest
before their moms start carting them around the farm.
The big stretch
A new mom
out for her first stretch in 37 days. Brooding and hatching take
35 to 37 days, during which time she will only leave the nest
long enough to quickly eat and drink. Sometimes it seems like
they never leave the nest. They are very exuberant when they emerge
with their families.
drink is much easier if you are sitting in it. Next step is off
on a first foray.
our Akbash, Uschi, none of our ducks, hens, chickens or turkeys would
be able to survive here. With a high predator population; ranging
from the usual foxes, skunks and raccoons, to fischers and coyotes,
this amazing LGD manages to keep everyone alive. She is still only
a pup but she knows her job. She keeps predators away by constantly
warning them by barking. If they ignore the first warning or have
managed to get in close and she sees them, she becomes silent and
gives chase. Seeing her in full flight chasing a fox is really something.
She doesn't need to kill them, she just intimidates them away and
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It is part of our philosophy
to live in balance with our land, not to have to kill others in
order to raise what we need and Uschi makes it all possible. Prior
to her arrival at 8 weeks old, we suffered very heavy losses and
the ducks wouldn't venture far from their coop. Now they are everywhere
and are relaxed.
Even the goats appreciate
her. The mothers don't have to worry about lost kids while out on
their herb walk. Uschi finds all the stragglers and makes sure I
know, so that everyone gets home.