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Bringing Home Ducklings and Adding Them to Your Flock!

About a month or so ago, my husband and I were at our local feed store to pick up a few things and hopefully purchase a few more chicks to add to our layers this year.  Sadly, they were out of chicks that day---EXCEPT for these four sweet little yellow ducklings peeping away!  Oh. My. GOSH!  I fell in love! So we ended up bringing all four of them home.  Yep!  All four! Now, I didn't know a lot about ducklings, and I'm going to share with you the things I wish I had known!  Their addition to our little homestead has been successful so far, but things might have been a little easier if we had been aware of a few things!

Bringing Home Your Chicks: What You Need to Make Their Transition to Their New Home Smooth & Happy!

There's a lot of advice out there about what you need to have in place when you first bring home your chicks!  Whether you planned on having them or whether (like me), you are an impulse buyer at the feed stores...because you know---CUTENESS, you need to have certain items ready for them in order to make their transition to your home go smoothly and safely. 

How to Get a Small Homestead Ready for Winter Freezes...Are You Ever REALLY Ready?

I love that saying "Winter is coming," from the show, Game of Thrones.  It sounds foreboding, doesn't it?  Well, when you have animals to care for, and it's your job to protect them from the elements, it sure can be a foreboding and stressful feeling.  You need to be sure shelter, water, and predator control is in place.  Although we are new homesteaders, just under four years, we have learned to start thinking about the upcoming winter in June or July! And still----we are never really ready, it seems.