Doug Barth

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Hello permies! We had a lot of water flowing into our pond this spring. The sides of the ponds were overrun with water. Now, the ducks laid eggs last year on the shore and random nests they make. With the large amount of water everywhere, we are finding eggs in the water.

My wife says they are not good anymore. I go back and forth on it. The water is COLD. My hand is ice after collecting these eggs. But the eggs have a permeable shell.

I don't know which way. I don't want to throw them away. There is the egg test to see if an egg is good by seeing if it floats in water. But the wife says the junk in pond wouldn't show up.

What do ya'll think?
2 years ago
Thanks for the info! Are there instructions for a shippable core on the internet?
2 years ago
Hello rocketers,

Has anyone been making shippable cores? I know there has been research on it. And they burn really hot.

I've been thinking of installing a system and the shippable core seems the way to go.

2 years ago
I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the ducks would come in for feeding time. Before that, I did try some well timed rock throws. That did nothing other than move them closer to the shore. If I had my wife during that time we could use two racks to herd them ashore. I never have my wife with me for it.

I was pretty happy for the ducks would come ashore basically whenever I went outside. Now, it has changed. The cat I have for outside mouse catching has turned her interests to the ducks. She hasn't paid attention to them before. She may have killed one already. They no longer come ashore. Not even when I go outside to feed them do they try. The ducks tried to come to feed when I went out there but the cat chased them back in the water. It was the first clue to me what was going on. These ducks are smart. They're not coming if there is a predator right there to kill them.

So now it is a choice I don't want; either get rid of the cat or wait for these unclipped winged ducks to fly away and/or get eaten by this feral cat. Any ideas? Train the cat somehow? I can't be around all the time to protect the ducks around an animal I have for other purposes.
2 years ago
My son and really liked this first book:



This second one is also good;

3 years ago
Hello everyone! I'm the proud buyer of 12 ducklings who quickly grew up. My intention for them was they would be let out in the morning from their coop then brought back in at dusk or before. I wanted to protect them from all the critters around as well as cutting their wings and having a place where they lay eggs (I know they'll still lay around the pond but that's ok).

The crux of the problem is once I let them out, they use the BIG pond as a defense from me herding them back into the coop. I wanted them to be smart about defending themselves against killing critters but not ME! How do I get them out of the pond without having to kayak every time I want to bring them in?

Many thanks in advance!
3 years ago
Hey David (and David the Good),

I live in a cold climate with a small plot same as you. I haven't heard of bokashi before. Thank you for bringing this interesting tidbit to my attention. We don't drink cow's milk but we do enjoy cheese. Mmmmmmm. I'll talk to the Miss about that.

What are your thoughts on composting on ground under heavy mulch? Ruth Stout talks about it in her book, Gardening Without Work. I have a herb garden I was thinking about a heavy straw mulch and throwing extra what I don't throw to my Red Wiggler worms. Would the earthworms in the ground process the stuff if you have a good environment for bacteria?

I hope David the Good has something to add to this. But if you just want to say get your book. I'll all about it.

Doug
3 years ago
Wish you the best of luck Brian. I'm over in the thumb and would love to hear more permies getting together.
4 years ago
I just wanted to say breathing in four drops of oregano oil in boil water is great when I have a sinus infection. I agree about someone saying it seems to find the yucky stuff and attack it.
4 years ago
Michigan allows "acceptable" gray water systems. Each county has their own rules about it. I hear California is making their own and I hope it leads other states to do the same.
4 years ago