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"The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things...."

News and views about current affairs, religious freedom issues, and the fight against euthanasia. Also the latest about my cats, goats, sheep, geese and chickens, life in Menominee county, and whatever else is on my mind.

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Location: Wallace, Michigan, United States

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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Sunday, June 19, 2005

A flood of ducklings

While all three of my broody geese have failed to hatch even one gosling, my Buff Orpington ducks have made up for it.

First one duck hatched out eight ducklings in a tractor tire in the barnyard. Then four ducks who nested under the lilacs turned up with what looks like 30 ducklings between them.

My gander (male goose) who is in love with a duck has decided he's the daddy and so is defending mothers and babies against the hungry cats. The Fifth Element, pictured in the previous post, has a real habit of eating baby chicks and she will take a duckling when there are no chicks around.

A lot of modern breeds of ducks are too nervous to hatch out their own babies, so I'm glad my ducks can hatch ducklings. I hope some survive. Last year one duck hatched four, and the cats got three and the last one was run over by a tractor.