Part of running a smallholding is thinking on your feet and not always knowing what’s coming next, but then to quickly adapt to it when the time calls for it.
We found this duckling (she’s big but young) hiding away after being pestered by the male older duck. He’d taken a liking to her and was extremely rough. As her wings cover her back, it hadn’t been obvious that he’d hurt her quite as much as he had.
We gathered her up and assessed how bad she was. To be fair, it looks painful but she was ok in herself.
On looking at her back, we noticed how amazing her colourings are. They’re really coming through.
We bathed it quickly in cooled boiled water which we always have in the barn for such an occasion. She let us do it and hid in my coat nice and relaxed.
Grace noticed another one had been hurt too, so we whipped that one out and they stayed in the barn for the day, recovering in the horses hay and straw. Sadly the second one has a poorly eye where he’s caught her and it’s still poorly but slowly getting better.
The ducklings have all been moved to another location now, a large pathway where they can eat the weeds for me! The will remain their until they are ready for the freezer, so it is only temporary.
***You may wonder why we move them if they are going to be killed anyway. As many of my readers know, the most important thing for us is that the animals are happy and have a healthy life and then we dispatch them in the quickest, humanist way possible.***
Grace, like a lot of kids, wants to be a vet when she leave education and she enjoys looking after the animals in the good and the bad times. Here she is holding one of the ducks she rescued.
We also took the time to take the eggs from under the goose and make them up a new bed. It was the right choice as the eggs were foul and Mother Goose needs to recover now, she’s been sat a long time and has lost a lot of weight.
We’re locking up around 9.15 each night now, once it’s getting dark and everything has gone to bed. The morning’s are lovely and light which makes running a smallholding and working that bit easier. One day, hopefully soon, only 1of us will have to go out to work and 1 can stay at home to run the smallholding. That’s the plan anyway 🙂