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Amy Hagstrom

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Western Washington/Cascade foothills
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Recent posts by Amy Hagstrom

Your ducks are still pretty young for laying, so I doubt there's anything wrong. Our young duck was hatched around mid-May, and started laying a few weeks ago (and has only missed an egg one day since - she's a real machine); however, I think she's an exception - I spoke with her breeder and his other young ducks of about the same age hadn't started laying yet. Did I read somewhere you have Ancona's? They're a little bigger than Magpies, which might mean they're a little slower to mature too. And with the days being so short, it is likely they won't start laying until we at least turn the corner on the daylight hours. But I've only had ducks since May, so my experience is pretty limited.

We have 2 young drakes, a young duck, and a duck (1+ yrs old). I've decided one of the drakes has to go since too often the two drakes try to mate with the young duck at the same time and I'm afraid with both of them holding her down she might drown.

Bummer about you ending up with so many drakes. Hopefully you'll get some nice ducklings out of them in Spring to give you some more ducks/hens.
4 years ago
I live on the wetter side of Seattle, and my 4 Magpies have been similar until today (it's warmed up). Quieter, and laying down a bit (I think that is to warm their feet). I'm just so happy to be getting an egg every day from our young duck - didn't think she'd start laying until later winter.
4 years ago
Bram, did you make any progress on this? I'm thinking of doing the Master Gardener program for Snohomish county, but am hesitant about it being too much "their way or the highway." I was reading their manual and they push a lot of fertilizing and fighting pests chemically if needed, and of course lots of watering. Not necessarily as a sustainable and eco-friendly approach as I would like, though I do know they push organics and doing things naturally to some degree. The program does have its definite good points, so I'm still debating getting involved. Thanks.
6 years ago
Does anyone know of a good potato onion source? I found a supplier on ebay, but am curious where others have gotten theirs. Thanks!
6 years ago
I live about 20 miles NE of Seattle at the base of the Cascades and want to try a couple peach trees. We get about 48 inches of rain a year. Any particular varieties people have luck with in the area? Frost Peach and Avalon Pride seem to be the most recommended/common. I'll get dwarf or semi-dwarf and put them on the south side of my barn. My soil isn't great but I'm working on it!
6 years ago