Trimurtisan

Flying by the seat of my pants!
May 22, 2019
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Good morning folks of BYC! My name is Trimurtisan, but to keep it easy, just call me Trim.

I did an introduction, but here's some more general information about myself and what's got me going quackers. I am a 36 year old father of eight, although only two of those happen to be human. We also have two cats, two dogs, and as of recently two ducks. I've always loved nature and gardening, but about six years ago I had a string of surgeries that left me with a much different disposition on life. During that time I would go multiple weeks without being able to consume food, had multiple adverse reactions leading to flatlining twice, and essentially being institutionalized from being in the hospital for extended periods of time. If anybody has any questions, feel free to ask, but long story short my physical and mental health today or the best it's been in my entire life. Also, due to my medical past, I no longer work a 9-5. I'm a very happy-to-be, stay home dad

So back to nature and gardening... A few years ago we bought our own house, and I was finally able to have my own garden. I started off with about 50 gallons of soil in 1 raised bed, last year it went to about 200 gallons worth of soil, this year I'm doing about 1/8 of an acre with ~400sqft of trellises. My oldest son (5yrs) also has his own garden and loves to help tend the plants.

For about 6 months I've been researching quail for egg production. I was 100% sure quail was what I wanted to do. It brought back memories of calling or to my neighbors bobwhites I was a kid. Yup, quail is going to change my life. Then I met a sweet old man who hand raised 2 Pekin ducks that he could no longer care for. I went to meet the ducks, and that's all it took. I love about any animal, but starting a homestead is my goal, so we now have ducks.

In all honesty, in a very short period of time in love with them. We have one Drake and one female, they are extremely bonded and will not leave each other site. I'm not 100% sure if they like me but they will eat out of my hand and get within 4-5 feet of me without freaking out. They also seem to prefer to forage near me vs farther away.

This had lead to a massive amount of research while sitting in the garden just watching them play/eat/swim/sleep. It's also led to a decision change of how we are going for our egg production. I can't kill an animal I love, and it's inevitable that I would fall in love with any ducks that I have so meat is out of the question. Integrated Pest Management, eggs, another source of compost, and just the general entertainment though, really make this seem like the correct route for our family to go.

It's time to take my son to school. It's his last day and he's excited to go. I'll stop in and leave some more details of the plan. It involves ordering 15 more babies this evening. I'l likely have some questions od advice also. I've been reading alot here, some pretty awesome people who love their animals.

Till later, take care.
Trim
 

Trimurtisan

Flying by the seat of my pants!
May 22, 2019
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A cypress swamp in FL
Hi Trim! Welcome. We all have been seduced by the feathered ones. Where are you getting your new babies? What kind are you gettting?
Hey there Magnolia, thanks for chiming in. I'm ordering from Cackle Hatchery. The current plan is 12 fawn and white runners (2m/10f) and 3 straight run Anconas. Then if I ever get an email im waiting for, today I'll be picking up 3 more pekin that are 7 weeks old, but the guy is unaware of their sex. It's going to be a bit crazy at first, but I'm looking forward to it.
 

Magnolia Ducks

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Hey there Magnolia, thanks for chiming in. I'm ordering from Cackle Hatchery. The current plan is 12 fawn and white runners (2m/10f) and 3 straight run Anconas. Then if I ever get an email im waiting for, today I'll be picking up 3 more pekin that are 7 weeks old, but the guy is unaware of their sex. It's going to be a bit crazy at first, but I'm looking forward to it.
Oh my you are diving in the deep end!
 

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