One of the reasons I was so anxious to get home Saturday was because it was D-Day/Weekend for getting the Nuggets out of the laundry room and into their interim brooder set up(s). Because I am brooding so many this year (never again this many), I had to break the mob into two groups. A dozen went into the small coop brooder and the rest into the large brooder in my shed. Then there was the requisite cleaning of the
toxic waste brooder tubs, running of electric, shuffling of the feeders/waterers and toting of the Nuggets. Once that was done (most of Sunday), it was time to move the ducklings from the back room into the laundry room. They were very happy and it has allowed me to work on socializing them. This collapsible dog pen is one of the best investments I have made - it is light, has a waterproof floor and a zip cover. It should accommodate them long enough for the duck house to be completed (in a perfect world.........right, Mama Pea?)
|New digs for ducklings.|
|Nuggets Group 1|
|Nuggets Group 2|
The larger group of Nuggets went into the big metal tub brooder that I have set up in the shed. I built a top for it that is covered in hardware cloth - which keeps them safe from marauding rodents, etc. I can rest a heat lamp on it - far enough not to toast them - and then cover and uncover the top as necessary. Of course, as soon as I moved them out to the shed, the temps dropped and it has been cold, rainy and clammy for days. They are nice and toasty inside, however, and it should hold them until they are feathered out enough to put in the hoop house. Which needs a new tarp and some updated security. The one thing I can be sure of (besides death and high taxes) is that there will always be more to do. I am now in the process of adjusting my morning/evening routine to encompass two more areas to service. It's a little sticky but we'll get there. I was so late getting out the door this morning, that I did not notice the state of my hair until I was in my office. Good thing no one sees me - if there was a small child about, I might frighten it.