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Livestock on Croft7

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The Croft7 goslings are rapidly growing.

Goslings and dancing butterflies, wetland meadows. Life on the Croft.

Our three goslings are getting out and about with our goose and gander enjoying new life and sunshine. 










   We are trying to work out a decent regime for managing the land to encourage more of the wildflowers, meadow sweet, ragged robin, ladies smock, marsh marigold, scabious, sneezewort being some of them. The green veined white  butterflies have been busy at the ladies smock\  cuckoo flower plants probably laying eggs on the stems and leaves since this is a food plant for the species.

A DUCK EGG A DAY

Muscovy Duck,an egg a day from our muscovy duck and on pancake day Throve Tuesday), pancakes made from our own duck eggs and lashing of fruit from last years, red currant blackcurrant and raspberry harvest. Muscovy ducks are native to Mexico, they large amusing clown like with nig broad bodies, wagging tails, and the males hiss rather than quack they are ducks with attiude. They live in a big rushy pen over planted with willow down on the croft. This year we have had a lot of rain through out the autumn and winter which they have enjoyed.

The Croft7 Hens

Our hens have been surviving the continuous wet winter weather and provide us with 3-5 eggs a day, they run free range in our forest garden area of the croft. Recently they have been scratching away on the banks of the croft burn where the ground is drier and quite sandy. We cleared gorse from the bank and have been planting a mix of fruiting trees along the cleared ground. Amelanchier, John Downie  (Crab Apple), Sea Buckthorn. On occasion we will use the hens as    chicken tractors