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Koalinite.

We use Bentonite on occasion.
Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate, essentially impure clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. There are different types of bentonite, each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water. However, the term bentonite, as well as a similar clay called tonstein, has been used to describe clay beds of uncertain origin. For industrial purposes, two main classes of bentonite exist: sodium and calcium bentonite. In stratigraphy and tephrochronology, completely devitrified (weathered volcanic glass) ash-fall beds are commonly referred to as K-bentonites when the dominant clay species is illite. Other common clay species, and sometimes dominant, are montmorillonite and kaolinite. Kaolinite-dominated clays are commonly referred to as tonsteins and are typically associated with coal.
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Ancona ducks will be 22 weeks old on Thursday. No eggs so far, but I've seen flirtation. 23 weeks is about average for the first egg, it may take up to 34 weeks.

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Love your ducks :D They are so pretty, obviously have a great home too.

Very happy looking ducks. :wink:

Just out of curiousity, why did you get rid of your rabbits?

Love all the beautiful pictures you post, congrats. :D

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About 30 weeks and finally eggs. :D Found two eggs this morning. A light green colored egg in their house and a white one outside.

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Applestar, I should be able to send a few soon. When will your setup be ready?

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Two more eggs this morning. Again, one white and one green. :D That's a good start. With 10 hens it should ramp up.

Fertility is low. Only one of the four eggs had the little blood spots in the yolk. With ten drakes, I'm thinking this will change to 100% fertility.

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Collected 7 eggs from the duck house this morning. 3 out of the seven are blueish green.

Here's some pictures from the last couple days.
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They are so pretty! Half shells would look cute with something tiny growing in them, like grass or chia, alfalfa.... 8)

These should get customers attention if you sell them at farmers market -- will you be doing that when it starts up in spring?



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