Each evening, the last thing we do before retiring,
is to visit all of our animal friends to make sure
they have everything that they need to get through the night
Waters are refreshed, animals are fed, manure is cleaned up,
and the birds are safely closed in their houses.
Over the years we have modified the bird houses to
ensure that they stay as cool as possible.
This has meant the addition of windows or
screen doors on the front of each house to
allow for adequate air flow.
Sunday night as we were rounding up the runner ducks,
we noticed that another one had gone missing.
We do a head count every evening.
Our twelve runner ducks had dwindled to ten.
(you might remember that one disappeared several weeks ago...
and has not returned)
It was a sad evening... the loss of one of the runners
on top of the two hens lost to the heat that afternoon.
Yesterday morning we decided to keep the ducks inside their own yard...
not wanting to suffer any more losses.
We filled their swimming pool with cold water and kept
the gate closed.
Their yard is full of weeds and grass and for most of the day it is
When we finished the rest of morning chores,
we headed out into the front pasture to pick...