First Muscovy Duck Eggs

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I have 2 Muscovy ducks for about 2 months now. I bought it from the chicken market near my home. They usually hang around in my small pond and the river outside to find food. I wasn’t so sure why they didn’t breed any eggs because they were already grown when I bought them. A week ago, I saw the two of them mating, so I guess it’s about time.

They didn’t have any shelter or cage to live in at that time. I left them sleep outside and they didn’t seem to have any problem with it. So 3 days went by without them laying any eggs. I thought of building them a shelter and a man-made nest so the female can start laying eggs.

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At first they didn’t get used to the new home, so at night they went under and slept there. I thought this was a failure because the shelter is too high. So the next day, I built the stairs for them to access their home easily. Amazingly, 2 days after I build the home, the female lays the first egg. I was so happy.

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The female started to lay consistently 1 egg a day. It is exciting for us because this is our first time raising Muscovy ducks so we didn’t know what to expect. Seems like they instinctively know what is a nest and lay eggs in it. I heard that unlike other types of domestic ducks which don’t know how to hatch, Muscovy ducks hatch and raise their youngsters by themselves.

There are plenty of food down in the lake and I occasionally see them searching for crabs and snails in the mud. I feed them plenty. Mainly chicken processed foods and whole wheat. Some people told me that processed food is not good because of chemicals added, some said it is better because of the nutrient content. I feed them both anyways. I also heard that Muscovy ducks also eat mosquito and bugs – that’s how they got the name Musco – though I never seen them eating bugs with my own eyes.

muscovy duck

Muscovy ducks are pretty quiet. They are probably the quietest ducks there is. Unlike my other ducks – our Pekins, they make plenty of noise, even when they eat. Muscovy ducks don’t eat like they are starving either, they eat after the others…sometimes they got attacks by other kind of ducks and can’t eat enough. So I separate them with the others. They seems calm and peaceful now. I also hate the Pekins, they are stupid. I make a nest for them to lay eggs. They lay eggs in the pond. I sometimes found 1 or 2 eggs laying in the water near the bank in the bushes, the rest probably sinks into the deeper parts.

muscovy-duckOne of them flew away on night when I left them outside. I though I lost one. But amazingly, 1 day later, she came back. Muscovy ducks are smart. They remember where their home is. I was concern about their ability to fly so well so I cut off their wing feathers though. Unlike other ducks which like to swim alot, these Muscovy like dryness and they usually stay on the tree branches.

Unlike my chicken, ducks seem to have strong resistance against the weather changing. Some cold early mornings I went to check on my chicken, I found that the Muscovy an Pekin ducks are already in the water splashing. They enjoy it actually. In the wild, Muscovy ducks are said to be good for nature as they eat insects and mosquitoes.

This is probably the first time my female Muscovy duck lays eggs. I’m not expecting too much results in hatched eggs but it is still a good start. Hopefully a good amount generation of Muscovy ducklings will hatch and thrive. It still a long time to go, about 2-3 months, before we can start enjoying our Muscovy duck roast.

 Some awesome facts about Muscovy ducks:

In China, when they had a huge problem with Locusts and nothing they could do to stop them, the Chinese release Muscovy ducks to the wild. The result is amazing. The ducks eat the Locusts and thus stop the swarm on crops.

Muscovy ducks eat algae and weed in the water. This help clean the water and thus makes the eco system more healthy and complete.

Muscovy eat roaches. They also eat left over foods in the farm so reduce the population of rats in the area.

Coconut Tree – King Of The Tropical

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samui-island-coconut-treesCoconut tree or cocos nucifera is a tree from a palm tree family. Coco trees grow in abundance in the tropical climate and can live on fresh or salt water. People find coconut trees to be a source of relaxation under the shade besides the seas. It is also a symbol of romantic and beauty in the tropical islands. Coconut trees can grow up to 50-80 feet high and bearing almost 50 fruits each. Usually it takes many years for a coconut tree to mature and it can live up to many decades.

Coconut trees can grow in most Tropical part of the world such as Asia, Africa, South America, and the Pacific region. In America, only Hawaii and Florida can be able to grow coconut tree as it couldn’t grow in cold area. Usually coconut trees grow near the sea or rivers and it can find lots of moisture in the roots. Besides its beautiful representation, coconut tree is a great source of healthy food and water for our body.

Almost every thing on the coconut tree can be used by human. The coconut fruits have plenty of healthy water which is very good for replenishing and re-hydrating your body after exercises. The coconut water also has plenty of health benefits such as vitamins and mineral, low fat and sugar content, as well as enhance and boost your metabolism. The white meat inside is for eaten or for making coconut milk. It is also used for making coconut oil. The oil is squeezed from the coconut meat, the leftovers is used to make cattle food. Besides cooking purpose, coco oil is also used to make soap and cosmetic products.

The leaves are used to make hats, household baskets, trays, house mats and even for making houses (in Asia).  They also use the trunks for stabilizing houses or buildings and the roots are for making a dye. The hard crust outside of the nuts can be used as wood for cooking and barbecue. The unopened flowers can be used to make alcohol bev  erages, sugar, and vinegar.

coconut-house   basket-coconut-leaves    coconut-oil

 

 

Can A Water Garden Pond Affect Your Home Negatively?

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water pondSo you like to have a water garden pond where you can sit and enjoy the relaxing moments after work and reduce stress. But before you start to build your own water pond, it’s best to understand that it could affect your family in a negative way.

How?

Ever since we built our Koi water fish pond outside more than a year ago, bad things are happening to my family. My mom is getting sick and her illness is getting worst everyday. My finance has dropped dramatically and the relationship between my family members are awful. It all came out accidentally when I found out about the negativity of building a water pond in a wrong place.

When you built a water garden pond especially if you have some fish in it, it’s best to built it a little far away from your home. If you are not superstitious like me, then don’t even bother. But things were happening in my family that we can not ignored.

It is said that if you built your fish pond too close to the house especially in the front of the house, it is consider a no no. This can trigger many problems in your family like arguments, sickness, and even death. Since I had many bad experiences with my family after building a pond in front of  the house and too close to the wall. I can not explain it scientifically but the more I think about it, it became true.

Building a water pond in a wrong direction or location can have a negative effect on your personal life. The best way to build a water pond not too close to the house or maybe it’s better to have it locate on the sides. It is said from the Chinese Astrology that if the pond is too close to the house, it will suck out all the positive energy from the living things inside.

Waterfall should be facing the house instead of pouring outside. According to the Chinese Astrology, water represent health and wealth so you don’t want to have your money or health pouring outside. This idea seems a bit corny and superstitious but believe me, I speak from my own experience.

So take this into consideration when you build your own water garden pond. Even if you don’t thing these ideas are appropriate, it’s better to just build it far away from your house if you have enough land.

 

 

Plants vs Zombies Ultimate Lawn War

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If any of you never heard of this game, it is about fight Zombies to protect your house. Funny idea isn’t it? It’s also fun to play. But not for some crazy zombies killing addicts who can survive over 15000 flags. Sometimes watching this video made me just want to quit playing and watch. I didn’t know killing Zombies are this enjoyable.

 

It is an amazing strategies with the usage of Doom Shroom, Ice Shroom Imitator, and a wonderful addiction to this game to be able to get this far. It took probably over 6 months to get this far in the game. There are more zombies than people on this earth have died in this game.

Another powerful strategies is using the mighty Cob Cannon. It might get bored after sometime but satisfies all the explosive lover nuthead.

Japanese Koi Pond – A Beautiful Hobby In Your Garden

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japanese koi pondJapanese Koi pond is becoming more and more popular all around the world especially in the US. More people know about Koi and learn how to create a beautiful Koi pond in their garden for some peaceful and entertainment time. Unlike any other types of Koi, Japanese Koi are very beautiful and of course a lot more expensive especially a big one. Raising Koi in your garden can be costly as well as time and dedication for taking care of this wonderful creature.

Koi is a Japanese word which means Carp fish which has been breed and gone through tightly selection for hundreds of years. Unlike natural river Carp fish, Koi are very colorful and a lot more expensive. The story began when a Japanese Carp farmer in the 1800s discovered some reddish color pattern on some of his Carp. So he decided to isolate those and breed them which then created the whole new generation of beautiful Koi 200 years later.

The Japanese Koi can grow very big and live pretty long as well. An average size of a pure breed Koi fish is about 70-90 cm and can live around 20-30 years. Some Japanese Koi can get over 1 meter in length and live up to 70 years. The question is how hard is it to raise a Koi in your own pond and keep it for as long as you can so you can enjoy it as much as possible.

It is not easy to raise Koi in the garden pond. There are plenty of elements to learn before you decide to have a Koi pond. How big is the pond, the filter, and the water quality is extremely important. You should create the pond depending on your garden size and the filter needs to be big enough for the pond for it to be effective. Make sure to save some space to make a waterfall and for your filter as well. The fish is not important, the most important is the water and without a good water system, your fish won’t last very long. This article is not going to cover much of these information as you need time to collect all of them and study it. I know I did. It took me almost 2 months reading and studying before starting to work on my garden pond.

If you really love fish and Koi, then I suggest you should start your own pond today. If you just do it because your neighbor do it, then don’t do it. It is hard work and time consuming to get your Koi pond to where you want it to be. Dead fish and frustration are the common problems among Koi keepers and many of them give up easily.

Look around and take more ideas from different Koi ponds set up and see what works best for you. Be patient because this process take time. Make sure your water is in great condition with all the requirements and your Koi will thank you for that. You will then be happy because they are happy.

Grow Natural Veggies For The Health Of Your Family

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Gardens want basic care that features making sure wholesome nutrients are available. Like us, they want contemporary air, good clean water and plenty of sunshine to be their best. This yr, starting right now, make a plan of action on your garden, and keep on with it. Here are six methods you possibly can construct healthier gardens – whether they’re decorative, natural or vegetable gardens.

The single most necessary soil amendment to any garden is compost. It enriches backyard soil, promotes the development of needed organisms, along with useful insect populations, aids in moisture retention, and aids within the stability pH levels. Having a compost pile or bin may be very useful when natural gardening. Just about any plant materials may be recycled into a worthwhile compost, together with many everyday natural family and yard waste, like coffee grounds, eggshells, grass clippings, plant trimmings, shredded paper merchandise, vegetable and fruit peelings or scraps.

Many natural gardeners create their own compost from garden waste, kitchen scraps, chicken manure and lots of other compostable items. If you do not have room for a compost heap, there are different choices – akin to a worm farm or Bokashi bucket system. These priceless vitamins are placed back into the garden to feed your plants.

One other effective companion planting apply to consider is: Mixing herbs and flowers collectively in and amongst your vegetable plants. Placed strategically, these non-traditional vegetable garden crops might help entice pollinating bugs to your garden. It is also useful to focus on vegetation that appeal to bees, butterflies, etc. The more pleasant bugs you’ve gotten flying from plant to plant, the extra fruits and vegetables you should have growing in your garden! Take the time to contemplate these vegetable companion planting suggestions earlier than you start planning your survival garden, it would enable you to reap the BEST backyard harvest for your cash, time, and efforts.

I’d additionally highly recommend that you just keep a backyard journal or diary. Keep data of whenever you planted things and what the yields have been like. Would you do something differently subsequent season? You may jot down relevant weather particulars too. In case you resolve to save your individual seed it’s actually vital to maintain clear records.