Welcome to What Do You Know Wednesdays! As you know, we are still learning how to be farmers (we’ve actually known how to be charming for quite some time). We truly enjoy sharing our experiences (the good, the bad, and the hilarious) here with our Charming Readers. Our motto has become that’s how you learn. We’ve learned by jumping right in and seeing what works, what fails, and what just makes for a great story. And since the point of Charming Farming is to build a community of women who farm – in big ways or small – we would like to start hearing from you too. What has worked for you? What hasn’t?
Each week we will post a question or problem that we face with farming or one submitted by one of our Charming Readers. We are hoping to get input from other Charming Farmers so that we together we can grow healthier, happier farms and families.
This isn’t a linkup per se, although we hope you will post a link to your blog. But you don’t have to have a blog post about the week’s topic to contribute. Just share your insights in the comments (with a link to your blog if you have one). But do please share What Do You Know Wednesdays on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere else Charming Farmers are gathering.
So, let’s start with this week’s Not-so-charming farming problem…
DUCK NEST NONSENSE
So here’s the deal. Several weeks ago we found a nest of duck eggs. We were elated because we hadn’t realized Thomas had started laying. She was not sitting on the nest. We gathered these treasures, and after doing the float test, and enjoyed our first duck egg sandwich. Yum! The next day when we gathered eggs there was nothing in the nest – nor the days following. Soon she had laid two eggs in a nest. I let them be. She continued to lay eggs in this same nest for several days, so I decided to leave them in the hopes she would go broody. But the duck expert at Fresh Eggs Daily advised me to pick them up because domestic ducks rarely go broody. Dang!
So as not to freak Thomas out, I snuck about half of the eggs out of the nest and marked the rest with a Sharpie marker. My plan was to sneak out a few eggs at a time, but not disturb her nest entirely. But here’s the thing. Thomas can count. I know this because after I pick up eggs, she does not lay again for several days, at least not anywhere I can find the eggs. Also, I can tell she’s moving them around – rolling them over, covering them with straw. COUNTING THEM. She knows when I pick up her eggs – even if she does not see me do it.
So my question is this: How can I collect Thomas’s eggs without disrupting her laying habits? She free ranges during the day, so she can lay anywhere she pleases. Is there a way to collect her eggs and still get her to lay in the same spot consistently? I can’t wait to hear from other Charming Duck Farmers!