A few people have kindly checked in on us as the South West has been in the news with lots of flooding in the area. We are fine – it’s all a bit soggy, the chickens are paddling and we have had July’s rainfall overnight, but we are fine – unlike other poor folk lower down.
The river is ferocious, and the riverbanks have been reshaped and a few trees that were on the sides, now find themselves as islands. The debris shows the water level was at least a metre and half higher overnight. But we are fortunate in being fairly high up here. The height often makes things different for us – often we still have snow when everywhere is green again.
I fret about the chickens- damp conditions are ideal for myco – so far they are ok. And the ducks – the ducklings and their mum are still indoors, we keep going to move them out but then the forecast is bad again and we delay. The other duck is sitting on her second clutch of eggs – the last lot died, dead in shell and I am sure it was the heavy rainfall and cold that did for them – so.. I think the same will go wrong this time. The nest is a hollow in the ground – in a shelter – and that much rainfall must mean the ground is damp
Either way, the older ducks will have to move out of their warm indoor home to make way for potential new arrivals – if we get any they will be smaller and more vulnerable. It doesn’t seem right that we have to take such precautions against bad weather in July.