Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
A Small Slice of Heaven!
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The Wonders of Nature Never Cease to Amaze!!

Who would have thunk it?!

   After going missing for quite a long time, the prodigal duck has returned.....with (13) ducklings in tow.  AMAZING!!

  I told the family that she had most likely succumbed to the marauding pack of coyotes hitting my farm daily.  There was always the chance that she had a nest somewhere, but it was more likely she had been lunch for some furry predator.  The coyotes have become so brash as to raid the farm in broad daylight.  Lost a teenage bantam at 8:15 this morning.  I startled the coyotes, but not before they could snatch a mouthfull on the way out.

  Anyways, about the time I was tripping through the underbrush, I noticed something tiny out of the corner of my eye.  Low and behold...there were thirteen little tiny things, with a very loud and demanding mother.  Guess she thought it was time to introduce the babes to all of their Aunts, Uncles, and Daddy.  What a sight to behold.

  Now I know that I'm going to spend quite a few hours this evening, rounding them all up....but that's the only way to keep them safe.  A chicken tractor awaits.  I just don't now what I'm going to do with the current tenants.

  Isn't nature amazing?



Flappy Feet

Flappy Feet, Flappy Feet, We've got Happy Flappy Feet.....

  OK, so I won't give up my day job.  But, it's catchy, don't you think?  It's Spring on the farm, and hatching is in full swing.  I've got flappy footed ducklings everywhere.  I swear, God made them so adorable to offset the fact that they are so messy :)

  I'm pretty much letting nature take it's course with the ducks....But for those of you who have an interest in The Fancy, I've got blue, black and splash, standard and bantam Orpington eggs in the bator.  I've got a baker's dozen standard Orp chicks on the ground, and I've a sizeable hatch expected in five days.  These are not yard birds, but from the best show quality lines in the US...mine included.

  Sadly, I won't be offering Orp chicks this year, but I will be offering a limited quantity of my version of a California White.  Awesome layers.  That comes from the fact that they are a Leghorn Hybrid.  Contact me at the farm if you have any questions.

  The Farmer's markets are firing up, and I'm getting orders everywhere for stuff that isn't even in the ground yet.  Frost expected tonight, so I'm still holding off planting.  Lost a lot of my fruit bearing bushes and trees this winter, including two of my five grape will take a while to recover, so be patient.

  Remember, if you have a taste for something specific, and it's not showing up in my store....e-mail me.  I'm somewhat forgetful at times, but I always remember to check the puter.  Besides, I'll cook to order......just about anything....but ducks ! :)


The Silence of the Ducks.....

Where did she go? 

   She was just right there.  I know, I almost stepped on her.  Darn ducks, always following me around, making all that noise.....and doing bad things on the car port.  Who says they don't fly....Tell that to the duck on my roof :)   But again, my jabbering little darlings seem to be missing. 

  I realize, that the days are getting shorter, and the drakes are getting more agressive.  I know what that means.  Soon, all my loud mouthed beauties will be looking for a place to raise their new batch of younguns.  The sound of the quacking and hissing in the night as they snap up the bugs, will be gone.  The nagging and badgering that I get, when I'm home late and it's past their feeding time, will pretty much cease.  There will be nothing left to hear, but the feathery voices of the drakes....letting me know that everything is O.K.

  In a few weeks, there will be a tide of fuzzy, multi-colored, flappy footed cuties, running around the back yard.  My girls ain't stupid.  They hatch their babies in the most guarded place on the farm...Right under my deck, with a very confused pearl guinea standing guard beside them, and a fierce, one eyed Westie laying on the porch over top of them. 

  So, here's a toast to fall, and the delights that come with it.  Shorter, cooler days,  quieter nights, and lots of fuzzy little ducklings, with which to play!  Isn't nature a wonderful thing!

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