"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label ducks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ducks. Show all posts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Barnyard Critters

This is a side view of the pregnant goat Helga. She is one of the new goats we received in trade for wood. I tried to take a picture of her face to share the blue eyes~but no luck. She is a La Mancha mix.

Here are the twins, Comet and Cupid. The mother of these two(Paint)refused to allow me to take her picture. They are a mix of pygmy goat and La Mancha.

Awhile ago, I shared that we found ducks for sale($1.00) each. Here is a photo of Freckles(the only duck I have named).

Some of the rest of the ducks, playing in their pool! Ducks will climb in any water dish and create a muddy mess in moments. So the pool duty refill is a daily process. I guess it doesn't help that the ground is only dirt!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What this is not about

This post is not about the way this Dominique can twist her head to peak for a bug.

Nor is it about what I refer to as the evil eye...

Nope it is not about the quirky behavior of the chickens that reside on the Double Nickel, although I have learned that the way I say Kitty Kitty in bird language(Rosetta Stone will back me up) is almost the exact way one pronounces Here Chicky Chicky...as the flock causes a self perpetuating breeze as they run to me, whenever I call for the Kitty...

Again it is not about these crazy birds- that when they molt it looks like we have begun to pluck their feathers while they are alive...
This is one of the Hershey birds(no not the specific type...just brown and thus named after Hershey's syrup) that is coming back after the shocking molt.

Nope this post in not about any of these things.

It is about a little group of birds that here on the Double Nickel we refer to as the Mafia...

Headquarters of the Double Nickel Mafia...
A group shot of this bunch of criminals(Mafia) ...yep criminals ! They shake down the barn animals and cause the goose to flee with his tail between his legs(well he would if he had a tail).

They cause the crusty old codger of the Colonel Sanders...AKA Head Rooster to run squawking.

They chase basically an elevated worthless good for nothing fourlegged hound around the yard until she climbs to the porch for a reprieve...

And they just woke up Fourth, who just woke us up, because they were quacking like crazy in the yard. We all decided to go to bed early as we went to the park in town for an activity and were tired from being in the sun...and these little monsters ducky duddles cute and cuddly...are playing in their pool.

Yep..a bunch of goof off farm thugs, keeping the Farmer, his wife, and his children up...just for a late night swim...

With that I am going to head off to bed, thinking of when I will get out my Down comforter for the winter...and chuckle hysterically.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Remember these guys? May 14...cute and we could not tell if they were male or females...as we bought straight runs(meaning not sexed could be either). They have grown lots since May.

Here they are today. They are free range I suppose, as we let them wander the back yard at will. It turns out we have three males and one female, as their adult feathers are coming in nicely. We are going to keep a male and the female, to give us more, and we will put the other two in the freezer around November. They eat the bugs, and many weeds. I have been amazed at how much I have learned watching them wander. I confess that Pepsi the Basset Hound avoids them.

Just another view of the ducks to see the feathers. We discovered something big about the ducks...they are brutal! We were given a gosling around the end of June, and I put her with these four. Let's just say that after the co-mingling, the goose has wing issues. So we separated the goose in her own pen. During the flooding we had no choice but to let her wander the entire yard and not her pen as it was unreachable.

Then the attack... My sons barely made it in time to save the goose(Buffy), one duck had the goose's neck in his beak. The others were attacking her with their beaks...

so after this the kids call the Ducks- the Mafia...here's the duck house

Can you guess who's house this is???

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kitchen and Update

Here is the cupboard over the stove. As always I must give a peek to things. The house we live in, is an older home and built with quick, easy, cheap materials. The cupboards are a cardboard style fill covered with a shelf liner(which I painted). We plan on taking all the cupboards out and just put in wooden shelves, but for now, this is my solution.

As we have an abundance of chicken wire, I implemented it here. Originally in the space there was a glass insert, with flowers and gold looking swirls. Now it has this! The knob has a nickel on it, for The Double Nickel.

If you look to the upper left corner you can see where I had stopped painting for the day, to complete the cupboards! The walls are vinyl(yes, vinyl). So I painted them this brown. The color is Iron Earth, and I really like it. The other two colors I use are cream and a barn red. Soon I will have the indoors revamped. Then I will give you a tour.

UPDATE: We just picked up the newest members of the Double Nickel Farm...solely for the freezer.

These are Rouen ducks, and a turkey. We were supposed to get two turkeys, but one died yesterday, and this one has a cut on the leg. But we patched it up, and will only pray, as this is Captain Swanson(from the Swanson TV dinner fame)and he has a very important role on Thanksgiving;0)

~ now I amback to work