Cayuga Ducklings are the Most Adorable Things Ever to Ever

Cayuga Ducklings are the Most Adorable Things Ever to Ever

(Warning: cuteness alert.  Brace yourselves)

 

These ducklings are being offered at $10 each.

The Cayuga duck is a heritage breed originating in the Cayuga region in New York state.

The Cayuga duck is prized as a gourmet quality meat duck and is the only duck listed on the SlowFood Ark of Taste.

If meat ducks aren’t your thing. And let’s be honest, they are amazing to look at so they’ve got that going for them. Plus, they lay amazingly funky eggs. The Cayuga egg starts out black in the beginning of the laying season and then lightens to a beautiful marbled gray.

Cayugas, and many other ducks in general, are active foragers and do an amazing job of ridding your property of unwanted invaders.  Sorry, I know what you’re thinking and they aren’t much help against annoying neighbors.

 

(p.s. I also know what you’re thinking. Yes, it has been a small eternity since you’ve heard from me last.  I have many plans for updates in the works.  I also know that you’re thinking you’ve heard THAT before.)

Blame it on the Rain

Blame it on the Rain

In this case, it, can be just about anything.

The lack of hay in our hay shed.

The increased tempers of the boys that have spent too many days in close quarters.

Hulk-sized mosquitos with Hulk-sized appetites.

The fact that it has been too long since I’ve updated the blog.

It’s all the rain’s fault.

As you most likely know (I’m just assuming here that you either a.) already know me or b.) are related to me) we have been getting a boatload of rain.  Lots-o-rain, to be specific.

It’s quite ridiculous, actually.

You’re probably thinking that a lot of rain is a good thing.  I used to think so too.  However, too much of any good thing usually ends badly.

Except for chocolate.  One can never have too much chocolate.

The moral of the story, kids, is that the rain has delayed just about everything.  Slogging through inches of water only served to double the time needed for daily chores.

Things are slowly getting back to normal.  The rivers and creek are back down to reasonable levels and the basement is slowly drying out.  The garden is still squishy and the weeds have really benefitted from this time.  Yay!

I do have two happy updates.  Okay, so maybe three.

UPDATE #1: Elwood continues to improve.

In our last episode, you will remember that Elwood had developed an icky-gooey abscess on his ear.  He has shown tremendous improvement as you can see from this picture taken two weeks ago.

Healing Ear Abscess

Elwood has an ear for improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE #2: Heidelberr Farms lives up to its name.

I may have had to pull on the hip waders a time or two, but the blueberries have to be picked.  I’m just thrilled that the blueberry plants are being so productive.  This has been the best year ever.  I don’t know if it is because of or in spite of the rain.

Ultimately, I don’t care why they’re producing so well so long as it continues.  My pancakes depend on this.  And so do I.

blueberries

Blueberries. Sweet blueberries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE #3: More chickies!

Because Rosie and I are gluttons for punishment, we have hatched another batch of chicks in the incubator.  We have four hatchlings to date and another prospective four that went back in the oven to finish cooking.  In another week, if all continues to go well, we hope to have our first hatched Cayuga ducklings.  But since it’s not wise to count your chickens…or your ducklings…before they hatch, we’re just thankful for this batch of four so far.

The downside of incubator hatching is that we either have to raise these chicklings and ducklings inside for the next 4-5 weeks (bye bye, downstairs shower) OR we have to graft them onto another broody hen.

As you might imagine, since my first encounter with the Hens-of-Death, I’m not terribly excited about this prospect.  Even so, it has been a beautiful (albeit terrifying) experience watching the HOD’s fiercely nurture their little brood.

Hatched chicks

Hey Chicky Baby

So there you have it.  Here’s to hoping for normal-ish weather.

Whatever that is.

Until the next time, my friends.  Stay safe, be blessed, and don’t count your chickens until they cross the road.