Drakes

In a previous post, I wrote how I was feeling chuffed that I had managed to pick two females from a batch of unsexed ducklings. Hmm. I was using the beak colour identification which is apparently pretty failsafe...for ducklings under 3 days old. The yellow/pink beaks of the females and dark grey beaks of the …

Moths and Ducks

We have just had the solstice here, although as often happens with the longest day, the cloud cover was so pronounced it wasn't particularly obvious! There has been copious rainfall, but at least the ducks are happy. I keep ducks mainly because they are always so enthusiastic and contented with rain and mud, unlike the …

High Summer at Shawpits

It's taken a while, but it's lovely to have some proper summer weather. There haven't been many swarm calls which has meant I've been able to focus on some other garden projects which I didn't get round to last year despite going literally nowhere for 15 months...anyone else in that situation? My friend helped my …

Poultry Update

If you've been watching my recent vlogs, you'll know that there have been a few changes with the poultry here at Shawpits. Since the lifting of 'Cluckdown', I have moved the pens over to one corner of the garden, and will be fencing off an area of north-facing garden for the chooks to have for …