The Muscovy.us ducks could use help

$35 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 12 months
Thank you all for your love and support.  I realize that many of you are in positions not so different from my own.  I don't in any way hold it against anyone that you can't contribute.  I appreciate you all just the same.

I will continue to pay to keep my website up.  I made the site to share with everyone and that will never change.

Some of you have concerns that my goal is too high.

I know that my little flock isn't worth $35,000.  Even with all of the genetics, they aren't worth more than a few thousand dollars.

But, I love them.  And, I've spent fifteen years working to provide free information to anyone who wants it.

I'm not asking for anyone to put a value on my birds.  I only ask that you put a value on the information I've provided on my website.

Since my husband has been sick, I can't keep taking care of the birds myself.  My husband was always the strong one.  He built the pens, put up the runs, and did all of the things that I just don't know how to do.

Now, I need to be his strength.

My dear son is willing to take on the ducks, but he needs the facilities to do it.

I know that many of you do not have the resources to donate.  Thank you for your love and support, it means more than money ever could.  But, if you can donate, I am very grateful.

Thank you.
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My husband is doing well. Thank you all. He has klippel feils, which is a genetic condition that he's had since birth. It causes many things. It causes lowered lung capacity, so his lungs were over-inflated while he was on life support. His oxygen levels have not returned to anywhere near normal so far. But, he seems to be improving.

My poor DH. He's never been sickly, even with his genetic condition. Now, he hates taking so many pills. He has lung damage. His heart is not functioning properly. He is on antibiotics again. But, he is here with me and our children.

God is good.

I know that this will all work out.

Thank you all for your support and love.
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A long time ago my grandfather taught me to love all living things.

He said that if you don't want it in your yard, don't make your yard somewhere it wants to live. He also taught me that before deciding that something shouldn't be in my yard, I should take a long look at it. All things have a place in life.

That's why I love my tomato cutworms.

The tomato plants get so big that I'd need to prune them. Yet, my three or four fat little cutworms happily prune away.

Sure, sometimes they accidentally nibble a green tomato. I always have so many tomatoes that I gladly pay the few little green tomatoes that they take. They are such good little pruners.

It's also why I love my great horned owl. Sure, he eats a couple of my birds in the winter. He doesn't mean to. He's just hungry.

He's also one of the only predators which will eat a skunk. I'll happily trade a couple of birds in winter to keep the skunk population in check.

It isn't just the things you see, though.

I won't use chemicals anywhere in my yard. I have a healthy population of copepods. They're tiny little guys. In water they look like a white speck spinning around.

They eat mosquito larvae. When water dries up, they go dormant and hide. Then when it rains, they hatch out again, ready to eat mosquito babies.

Even though most people wouldn't even notice them, they are always there, ready to take their place in life.

Everything has it's place in life. It makes me feel good. If even that tiny copepod has a purpose, then that means that we all do.

Even if someone looks at us and thinks that we aren't worth it, we are. Not everyone will take the time in life to look and realize that we are all important. In the end, they are the ones who will wonder why things aren't working out.

All life is important.
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Getting rid of cucumber beetles in your organic garden:

Since you're here, I thought I'd share some of my tricks and tips around the farm.

Cucumber beetles are a huge pest that are so hard to get rid of. But, all you need is a bucket, some pine straw, and some zucchini leaves.

Fill a bucket with pine straw. Take some freshly cut zucchini leaves and cut the stem lengthwise. Place the zucchini leaf on top of the pine straw and wait.

See, the beetles are attracted to the scent, and the damaged stem smells really good to them. They love to hide and burrow, so the pine straw is perfect for them.

They land, chew on the leaf, then burrow down into the pine straw.

Don't be tempted to dig around looking for them. They'll all fly out. I take the bucket into the barn and feed the contents to the chickens.

If you have a huge infestation, you might need a few traps. But the good news is that a huge infestation means you probably have plenty of chewed up zucchini leaves that need trimming, so you have plenty of bait.

Best of luck,
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I'm so sorry! I didn't know my wonderful daughter was going to share this.

If you aren't from my website:
I'm a disabled military veteran (wartime, service connected, blah blah blah). I used to live in Detroit. We used all of the money that we had to buy a farm so that the kids could grow up in the country.

I started raising ducks because I hate just sitting still. But then I became completely enthralled with the genetics.

About twelve years ago a friend suggested that I start a website. So I did. And here we are.

I don't want to lose my research. I don't want to give up my ducks. But I also can't take care of them without the help of my husband. He's always been my strength and my backbone.

I would say "I need a fence" and he'd put it up. I'd say "I need a duck house" and he'd build it.

But, now, I don't have that. I have to be his strength.

So, that's why we are trying to raise some money so that my son can take on the ducks.
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