The poultry thinks spring has definitely arrived (boy, are they in for a surprise) and certain birds of the male persuasion have become quite . . . um, uh . . . amorous.
The Muskovy hens have started laying eggs, but we're collecting them because it's way too early for them to sit on a clutch and hatch out little fuzzy ducklings.
Everyone was rarin' to get out and going this morning.
"Mmmm, fermented grain. So good!"
The geese are getting a little bossy with the fine weather so we let the ducks and chickens out first to eat and drink their fill of the fresh water.
Then the big, ol' domineering geese are let out. Don't these guys look like they're looking for trouble? They are, you can be sure. If it's not chasing ducks and chickens out of "their territory," they're busy destroying bungie cords.
The pond is far from being open but the rains have softened much of the top ice and snow. It will undoubtedly be covered with snow and ice again yet this winter before open water appears.
The duck eggs we've been getting (on the top right) aren't that much bigger than the chicken eggs. They're white but more of a dusky color. Also, the shells are much tougher than chicken eggs. I don't know how the little ducklings ever manage to break their way out of them.
Here's a side-by-side look at a hen egg on the left and a duck egg on the right. The duck egg yolks are bigger while the whites are smaller in comparison to a chicken's egg. I haven't baked with the duck eggs yet, but when eating them (scrambled, fried, poached) we can't tell the difference from a chicken egg.
Wonder when we'll get the first goose egg?