Greetings from LTD Farm!
Well it's been a long strange trip, but we have finally finished our project! We're so happy to have our duck barn up and filled with our new flock of gorgeous ducks! Thank you so much for your support! We thought it would be appropriate to give you a look at everything, now that we've finished up all the basic work on this project. As with every project, we have endless details to work out, but that is all part of farming, especially on a small-scale diversified level.
The barn is 20'x 48' with a 26' shed roof. It is post and beam construction with treated 4x4's every 4 foot. The pitch of the roof shades out the sun in the summer and lets in the sun in the winter. We have our frost-free hydrant installed and pumping out fresh well water inside the barn. That was a very aggravating and expensive part of the whole project, but it is now done and we won't have to be hauling water in 5 gallon buckets from our bathtub this winter, so we are thrilled about that part. We have drinking area where they have easy access to fresh water all day, and it is plumbed outside so the poop water runs down hill into our next project, the Duck Orchard and Vineyard, where the ducks will be spending their days under a canopy of fruit trees and vines, eating the grass, bugs, and slugs in the shade, and fertilizing the whole permaculture berm and swale system. That is next year.
This year they are happy as can be in their electronet fenced paddock full of forage and cool rocks to nap by. The duck barn itself is surrounded by a permanent paddock area in which they can be outside in the sunshine in winter. From there we let them out into the electronet fenced paddock, which we will rotate throughout the area that will become our Orchard. We have a small solar panel system that will soon be powering the lighting inside the barn.
We can tell you for sure that the ducks have settled down after the big move and are absolutely loving their whole new setup. In fact, when we round them up at the end of the day, most of them are inside already enjoying the indoor shade, snacks, and beverages. We are very happy to be able to provide such a great setup to our new flock of ducks, who are all looking healthy and happy.
Thank you for your support!
Andrew & Khaiti French
Living The Dream Farm