Friday, 18 May 2012
Despite the change in weather from hot and sunny through to cold and wet, the ducks have been laying plenty of eggs this spring. There haven't been so many to collect this week as one of the ducks has gone broody and decided to sit on her eggs. The other ducks lay on straw in the shelter, but this duck has chosed to wedge herself between the wall and the back of the shelter to make her nest. Ducks are notoriously bad mothers so I'm not sure how many (if any) ducklings will survive. The last duck to hatch any eggs decided that she only liked black ducklings and killed all the yellow ducklings as soon as they emerged from the eggs.
On the fields, the recent dry(ish) spell has given us a chance to spread some fertiliser on the wheat and spray the oilseed rape.