Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Chook Food


I feed my poultry a grain called "Red Hen" and the protein in this is 15% minimum. Laying hens need levels of protein of 16% and so by being aware of the protein level of the pellets, wheat or mixed grains you can keep an eye on the protein level. Want to know and read the rest of what I wrote?????

Click on the link........ Chook Care on my main website. Have a read and a look round my site.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Worm Farm Mites


In the 7 years I have been worm farming I have never come across this before. Mites in one of my 2 worm farms. From what I have learnt this is not unusual as there are quite a few different composting bugs and such in the farms. I have had different bugs but not mites.

I have been told humidity will encourage the mites and we have had our share of that lately. So this maybe why I am able to see the mites more easily.

Some of the creatures you may find in the worm farm include:

* Moulds and Fungi
* Mites
* Spring tails
* Pot worms
* Sow or pill bugs
* Fruit Flies
* Soldier fly larvae

Friday, February 24, 2006

It's raining


Finally after weeks of no rain, it's here the front yard is soaking up the rain.

I took full advantage of it raining and planted out in the vegie garden some carrot, radish and beetroot seeds. Not only will this give the plants a good drink and boost the trees in the area and the soil will enjoy the soaking as well.

Friday's Harvest


This is what Lucky's Duck Farm is all about. Growing organic vegies. There is nothing more rewarding than going out the backyard in the morning and picking fresh organic foods for the kitchen. These radishes, apple cucumbers, capsicum and zucchini are only some of the fruits and vegies growing in my garden at the moment.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Growing Brassicas


My Brassica area in the vegie garden. Broccoli, cabbages and Brussles Sprouts for the cooler eating weather.

The CDs are there to stop the birds digging and up rooting the plants when they were smaller.

I have a page on growing them on my main web site and if you would like to go and see them from when I first planted them out and have a look at all the pages click here Lucky's ducks



Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Composting

I am not sure what part of composting is the most rewarding part.

Making compost using household, garden or animal waste.

Emptying a bin full of free compost, rich in food.

Or having emptied the bin.

Knowing as I take 3 wheelbarrow loads out to the front garden bed that, this is being recycled back into the garden and not sent somewhere as land fill.

By composting house, garden green waste, chicken & duck litter and rabbit and guinea pig litter I am able to not only reduce the waste leaving our place but I am feeding the soil and increasing the worm population and this in turn helps to grow healthy organic vegies and flowers.

I am doing something right.






My front garden is now mulched with 6 wheelbarrows of mulch I have made from my compost bins out the back.

I gave the soil a good drink and then sprinkled Blood & Bone around the plants and after the mulch had been spread round I sprinkled more Blood & Bone on top and another water with the hose.

No weeds, healthy plants and mulched to keep the plants moisture in the soil longer.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Here Kitty Kitty.

Beautiful


Another photo of the female tiger.


The male tiger is next door and is fed at 3.15 and this lioness was fed at 2.00 and she seemed to think she was needing his lunch as well. Boy did she scale this tree quick and just watched the tiger eat his leg of what ever he was fed.

He knew he wasn't getting a second meal and so he just ignored his mates carry ons about missing out of the second lunch.

More photos from the zoo trip.

This is Spike the echidna and was in the rainforest bird area. There was a zoo worker talking to us about Spike and I asked if I could touch him. He didn't seem to mind me running my hand down his back to feel the quills. Even though they could do some damage, they felt "soft".



This dragonfly stopped on a rock in the otter area before it flew on.



1 pm each day (weather permitting) there is an information demostration with these 2 Maccraw birds. They fly to trees where a keeper stands and are rewarded with food bits in the coconut cup.

People area able to stand on a lawned area and have the birds fly over them as they go from tree to tree.

This little baboon baby is just so cute, though a treatment of botox around the nose/eye area wouldn't go astray. He looks like an old man here.

Little Aussie Birds


We were lucky enough to be in the Aussie Rainforest area when the birds were being fed. These little guys are so cheeky, they were hopping into the bird feeder's trolley and checking out the containers of food. I think I took about 100 photos in this area as its was just mind blowing seeing such a variety of birds and the colours too.

Going to find out the name of this breed as I think he/she is beautiful.


One of the Gouldian finches, also on the cover of a recent National Geographic magazine that Pat subscribes too.



My fav bird photo.... The little Blue King Fisher.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens

This is what we were looking at when we had our picnic in the Botanical Gardens yesterday. The sizes of some of the trees is awesome and standing under them the temperature drops by about 5 degrees.

I love the bases of these Morton Bay Fig trees. Everywhere underneath them is rotting fruit, so we had to choose a clean spot to have our lunch.




I'd love to know how old this tree is, look at the root system and how it has spread itself over the ground. Just amazing.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sumatran Tiger



I am so tired after having such an exciting day out at the zoo with Pat. We planned a day at the zoo with lunch in the Botanical Gardens.

We had been inside the zoo for about 5 minutes when I scored this photo of the female Sumatran tiger. I was so excited about getting such an amazing photo I was showing anyone who was interested including the workers and volunteers of the zoo.

I took almost 600 photos over about 5 hours we were there. Even then we didn't get to see all the animal enclosure.




We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch under a huge Morton Bay Fig tree. Then back inside the zoo for more photos.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bonnie Sitting


Last night when it was dark Pat & I went out with 6 chook eggs and set Bonnie. Its easier to set a chook in the dark as they are more likely to settle on the eggs.

Bonnie is a tight sitter on eggs and so I have no problem that she choose not to use the nest box provided. She is also what I class as a good brooder, as I can lift and move her when needed and also when her chickens are born,I am able to handle her and the babies without worrying about being attacked.

Now we wait 21 days and hopefully we will have some baby chickens.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Odd Couple.

Banjo and Bonnie often go broody together. So now that Bonnie my silky is fully broody I will set here tonight with 6 chook eggs next to Banjo. In the past when they have hatched ducklings out it's funny to watch these two share their mothering instincts. Banjo watches them while they paddle in a low dish and Bonnie tries to get them to come to her at feed time with her "took took" calls. Not that the ducklings are listening to mother Bonnie.


Nesting area is ready for Bonnie to move into. I like to keep her in the nursery pen, so she doesn't get confused on what nest to sit on and also it protects the young chicks from being attacked or getting lost.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Family Pride



Today Pat & I went to the Adelaide Zoo. I loved looking at all the animals and the plants. My favourite animals are the big cats. This lioness walked over to the lion and they greeted each other with lots of head rubbing and low growls.

I tend to loose myself when watching these majestic beasts. Makes me want to pop a couple in my camera bag and bring them home. Only problem with this is...... If they wanted the bed to themselves, I'd have to sleep on the floor.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Whats up Doc???



Cadbury looking relaxed while mum cleans out her hutch. Nothing like getting comfy while watching other people work.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Battle with birds


The wire is not enough so Pat helped me this afternoon to hang the CD's as I have been told this should keep the birds out from digging in the garden.

This black bird is getting under the wire to dig in the mulch and I was told birds won't go under wire. So I guess we'll have to wait and see if the CD's help to keep the bird away or not. Next step will be some toy snakes as I have been told this will help as well.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cucumbers



Apple cucumbers total weight just under 2 kilo . The weight can just be seen in the lower left corner. These are so sweet and crisp tasting. I have been busy drying vegies from my garden and you can find this on the Food Basket page.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Shoo Bird Go Away



I have needed to cover my brassicas seedlings with some chicken wire. As every morning since planting them I have had a black bird dig in the mulch and by doing this: has managed to dig up at least 6 of the seedlings. I am getting sick of replanting the seedlings each day and I am sure they are getting sick of being dug up as well.