Friday, December 22, 2017
The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
So, I built a new duck enclosure.
This is completely separate from the chicken yard. The area will become a warm-season kitchen garden bed in May or June, for tomatoes and beans. I wanted fencing against deer, but for now it's fencing to keep the ducks in and, hopefully, potential predators out. They have a grassy area, and areas that I already turned over, and lots of tree leaves for rooting around in, and dry tree leaves for bedding.
They already started rooting around in the grass. As they eat the bugs, slugs, maggots and worms, I hope this will feed the ducks and make the garden bed more hospitable for future gardening. Of course, the ducks also fertilize it.
In May, I have two potential new areas for ducks and/or chickens to work. The first is orchard, and the second is around the raised beds, which will be separated by an expanse of grass. Meanwhile, we'll see if the egg damage and hen murders come to an end.