Wednesday, July 21, 2010

broody duck

Our duck "Milk tea" or is it "Lemon Tea"?, has gone broody

Lately she doesn't lay in the nesting box early in the morning, but later after being let out for the day.

The eggs are much cleaner this way.

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Corn earworms: I've tried a variety of organic solutions, hard to tell if they're really effective. So far I've pulled out about 10 plants that have been really infested. I realize now that last year I made a big mistake of not disposing of infested plants properly, so the pest has come back this year. If it keeps up at this rate it won't hurt harvest too much. If things go exponential from here though it could get ugly.
Haven't been in the field for two whole days which is a no-no, especially at this critical time of flowering , silking, pollenating. Hand watering takes about 30 minutes. Inspection and spraying also takes about 30 minutes.


  1. Hey Johne,

    She's a beaute, isn't she. Love how the blue wing looks on various browns. No ear-worms in the corn here this year, but the crows are having a field day ! They've already broke/damaged/pecked at least 10 stalks. I remember reading once what the native Americans used to say: “One for the cutworm, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow”.

    Back on ducks, the black one that looked like a penguin 2 weeks ago has turned out to be a runt. I kind of figured it was all along and still question why those guys in Osaka sold me a runt. Surely they knew, too. Anyway, not a problem. It'll just get some extra love from me. :-) Also, the white pekin that broke its leg last week has made a full recovery, and is thriving. Thanks for the advice.


  2. Can't say my advice helped you much but you're welcome ken. I also got a wheezing little chick from those guys, didn't make it long.

    “One for the cutworm, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow”.

    That's a great and sobering adage. I think the local version is that plus "a hundred for the monkeys" . A large troupe was spotted 1km. south of here the other day. They say they go absolutely "ape$hit" on a cornfield. I'll be standing by with bolts ready.

  3. { I think the local version is that plus "a hundred for the monkeys" }

    Yeah, so much for "living in harmony in the satoyama". He ! Bolt 'em in the arse !

    The runt here is to the point now where she can't keep up with the flock in forage. She wobbles along, then sits and rests, then wobbles some more to catch up. As to the rest of the aigamo, they're amazing aren't they ! A million miles an hour zooming around the yard eating and sucking mud. Very agile in comparison to the White Pekin, who is very "my pace."