Conservation Pieces

Intentions, steps, and possibilities in native & heritage preservation

Wildlife

  • Water sources 2017
  • Wood duck boxes
  • Bat houses
  • Owl nests
  • Invertebrate habitat
    • Mason bees 2018
    • Aging logs 2017
    • Brush pile 2017
    • Mulches 2018
    • Pollinator forage
  • Natives
    • Evgrn hcklbry 2018
    • Salal
    • PNW salamanders

Duck Breeds

Dutch Hookbill
On waitlist w/ Holderread Waterfowl for September 2019

Ancona
Snorkel sitting eggs March 2019
15 a/o 3/31/2019

Australian Spotted

Mini Silver Appleyard

Silkie

Saxony

March 26, 2019

  • Planted a number of carrots: Dolvica (pelleted), Oxheart, Red-cored Chantenay (the last of the seed), and covered with burlap from work. Prepared the bed with a very conservative quantity of Down to Earth Starter Fertilizer beforehand.
  • 1 more broken Ancona egg (16 now)
  • Neat to see the rooster rush in to stop a hen squabble, and he tattled when Basie let himself into the bird side of the yard.
  • The 3 ducklings I kept from Papi’s hatch (blueM, piedM, atipico blackF) are incredibly cute and outgoing, though the pied one tugged my earring, punched my eye, and pinched my nose.
  • Helped at work’s garden – we laid ground cloth, pegged & slit it, and I sowed carrots, beets, kale, & chard while the beds ahead of me were leveled and more soil tilled. Rained as we wrapped up, and then was sunny today – perfect for new seeds.
  • Peeked at pre-emergent mashua and another beginning to leaf. Moved ex-pen panels (x4) to surround where I think the mashua are.
  • Both goumi, one Siberian pea, and the honeyberries are budding – the Sugar Pies are already forming little green flowers.

Goals 3/16/2019

Attained

  • Have Muscovy flock on the farm since last June
  • Have harvested & traded a number of drakes in 2018
  • We pick up unwanted roosters from other islanders and harvest them, offering one as finished meat in return when appropriate, but primarily , in return, I am able to offer a limited necropsy report, which can be indicative of the flock’s health.
  • Perennial onions & strawberry plants, among others, have made it happily through winter.
  • Have sold ducklings (6) again this year, as well as a number of eggs, mostly chicken
  • Have an indoor light rack & shelving for indoor plants & seeds
  • Traded eggs for live rabbits & processed them
  • Perennial woody herbs in front yard bed.
  • Sold 2 adult Muscovy hens to R.

What’s New

  • Flock has expanded to include 14 hens and, temporarily, 1 rooster.
  • With ducks, flock total is almost 80 birds between the home property & farm.
  • Intent of processing facility is solid, and progress continues to be made toward the end of legal meat.
  • Doing others’ roosters is largely new to this year.
  • On waiting list w/ Holderread Waterfowl for Hookbill ducks.
  • Lentil, The House Chicken, and her currently 18 eggs
  • GP of SB expressed a conversational interest in the purchase of Muscovy ducklings.
  • ~40 lbs of meat we didn’t have to raise, house, feed, or love, harvested so far this year
  • Truffles (Oregon whites?) grow in the rhododendrons below our window.
  • Kaffir lime died

Now

  • Complete processing area & produce legal meats
  • Continue to harvest roosters & trade for rabbits
  • Complete new, larger coop
  • Determine and do first harvest/thinning of Muscovy hens
  • Continue w/perennials
  • Keep up w/food kitchen garden
  • Safe & attractive baby bays for mother ducks to brood
  • Water automation – watering for plants & birds
  • Many strawberries, alpine
  • Oca
  • Continue to build soil level in wet yard and fence gaps
  • Keep up a trickle of positive community activity via birds
  • Increase perennial food crops
  • Produce next generation of laying hens
  • Increase family’s enjoyment of the flock
  • Portable/movable duck run cycle

Goals 6/12/18

Attained

  • Been eating (snacking out of the garden for over a month
  • Garden area fenced from chickens
  • Many soil bags awaiting planting
  • Helping others w/their gardens while mine is well underway.

New

  • People want my ducks!
  • I can keep ducks on the far. No longer tightly confined to yard.
  • Ankka’s a great mom and hatched many babies. Also Papi & Greycie.
  • People also want my garden labor – I’m apparently a steal, and I can’t believe how quickly the time goes when I’m somewhat literally digging into a project.

Ideal

  • Hannerz, Empress of Duck, with enough happy birds for a regular stream of meat & eggs, selling to small wholesale customers.
  • Duck charcutienne

Realistic

  • Partially offset muscovy cost w/meat, egg, and live bird sales
  • Have a happy, healthy flock that family enjoys.
  • Through birds’ presence on the farm, increase my own.
  • Build perennial landscape
  • Grow for flavors and educational interest together
  • Build on small citrus collection
  • Grow Thai and other unique Asian flavors
  • Plan and work on indoor food production
  • Develop winter garden plan

May 19-22, 2018

All Gardener’s Sweetheart tomatoes planted out, and most Gold Nuggets. Planted hopefully-hardened squash plants, and it made it easy to see the difference between the vigorous hybrid squash, and my somewhat gimpy heirlooms.

All of Ankka’s babies are out – 13? perfect things. One baby came out before it was ready and died, and is now under the lemon balm plant. Two of the babies look to be chocolates (They weren’t. Those are atipico or ‘dusky’ solid blacks) with most predominantly yellow as hell. (barred blacks)

The first of Papi/Greycie’s eggs has pipped externally, ever so slightly.

Runner ducklings sleep in the coop now – it’s warm enough, and they’re mostly feathered out. Plus we needed them the heck out of the house.

Every one of Ankka’s fertile eggs made it to term – good mama!

May 20, 2018

Transplanted Greycie & Papi’s early-hatched baby to Ankka, as the two mamas were having custody issue. He’s a little small and tired, and not quite ready for his valiant stumbling after his more mobile siblings, but the lot of them soon went to bed. And better to be pushed a little early than stepped on by two fussing mamas.

Later this evening, another baby was/is nearly completely out, but not looking quite ready, and the two mamas are too eager to eat the eggshells, and crunched on the egg a bit w/baby still in.

I moved that babe-in-shell to under Ankka w/all the other babes, and wished it a restful, warm night and good luck.

Ankka and her babies spend much of the day and are sleeping in a blue storage tote of shavings on its side under the coop, w/ food, water, and some cardboard for warmth and privacy.

While stressed and busy-feeling, I am bursting at the seams with a sense of satisfaction re: gardening, rat-catching, and did I mention gardening? And real ducklings!

I am to make 6 Zeppelin delicata starts for the farm, and dad wants super sweet corn and microgreens shopping help for Earthen. High Mowing will be the house with the answer.

May 21, 2018

Perhaps all ducklings that we’re going to have hatched. I gave all hatched babies to Ankka, in the hope that Papi & Greycie will sit longer on the last 3 eggs. P8 definitely has a live baby in it, who sometimes taps.

I ate the second radish o the year/garden/probably the first ever on this property.

Moved the main tray of starts outside to begin to harden. THe outdoor ‘alley’ has good light for a middle step.

Sudden thought: move the table to the alley over the straw to harden things en masse in a nice mid level brightness.

Ordered a nice, large, glass hummingbird feeder, after a hummingbird stared in the window, reminding me that not all birds are into seeds. The 12 or so evening grosbeaks was very neat.

Considering 5-10 gallon felt planters for smaller/temporary plants, and to add a bit of visual variance without using as much soil

The cats (Wembley) mowed the lemongrass again.

Gotta get them honeyberries all repotted.

A next large step for the garden will be the establishment of the soaker hose system. It is beginning to get hot in the season, and I would like to relieve myself of handwatering BEFORE it’s an unbearable burden.

May 22, 2018

There are 20 perfect babies w/ Ankka. 15 yellow w/black tail fans + schmutz, and 5 black +brownish babies w/yellow bibs. One has all-black legs.

  • The first super-sugars have blossomed.
  • One of the mason bee tubes is mostly capped.
  • The direct-seeded squash have sprouted, esp. Sweet Meat
  • A 2nd comfrey plant arises
  • 2×2 Lettuce patch looking good
  • Corn salad has second tiny leaves
  • Sowed nutri-red carrots last night around tomato