Drought, Drought and more Drought.

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Our Chickens, Our Ducks, Our Goats | Posted on 29-05-2011

It seems like every year just about since I moved here to Georgia, that they say it’s either the hottest or driest year ever.  This year seems to following the same pattern, it’s almost the end of May and we have already hit triple digits, either because of the heat index or by actual temperatures.   I always try to use containers to catch the rain water, which I then use to water the garden and other plants, it has been so hot that it dries up or I have to top of the container’s from the hose.

My grass is usually nice and lush until at least the middle of June, but this year it is already turning brown, except for where the animals have splashed water everywhere.

My garden hasn’t done much this year, because between the heat and lack of rain, even with me trying to water at least every other day or so, half of what I planted didn’t make it.   I do have some tomato plants in  two Topsy Turvy’s that my husband bought me that are doing well.

The goat’s who usually have plenty to eat and I don’t have to start feeding grain until winter starts, I have already had to start supplementing grain to and they have enjoyed the trees that were chopped down to make way for the fence.

I usually only have to water chickens every other day, but what with it being so hot, I have to water everyday.  The ducks seem to stay in the kiddie pool and I try to keep it as clean as possible, but with them in the pool all the time it stays rather messy.   Both the baby ducks and the chick’s, just about have their adult feathers.  I ended up with two female mallards and two male mallards, I already had one male from before, so I am not sure what I am going to do with the other two.   I may sell them just like I am doing with the two male goats.  I had bought four production red chick which were sold as pullets(females), when I bought the ducks, but I am not sure if they are really are or not.   I am still having troubles with telling if the peking ducks I have are male or female, I am hoping to figure that out in a few weeks when they start making more adult bird sounds, they are still peeping right now.

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