I finally woke up this morning feeling almost human. Motivation level is still on the low side but I received an e-mail from the registrar's office that says I'll be allowed to attend commencement. So that perked me up a bit.
The ducklings ventured outside of the coop this morning for a little stroll around the run. Of course they ran back inside when I went out to check water and whatnot. Naturally the waterer was empty again so I filled 2 this morning and everyone got a nice drink of clean clear water. I'm sure it will be duck soup in 20 minutes. Since they are going outside, I filled up the duck pool.
My new chicks have been out in the garage coop since Sunday or Monday and doing fine from what I can tell, even though I probably broke the rules. None have died, I don't see any shivering and they are eating well each day. They are 4 or 5 weeks old now. I bought them around Feb. 28th. Four of them ventured outside last evening.
Someone mentioned dumping wood ash in the garden beds. Too much wood ash can alter the pH of the soil but a little is just fine. How much you can use depends on the soil you have. I suggest doing a soil test. You can get a test with instructions from your local extension office. It's well worth it IMO.