Okay, this has been a very hard winter on our little Calls, and I will tell you what the problem is. We have lost a total of 6 ducks this winter. 1 to an owl, one of old age, and 4 of freezing. My ducks love to swim, like most other ducks out there. 4 got completely wet, and got cold and froze. These were my newest Calls of course. Though I have lost $400 of ducks this week, and I am questioning my own ability to raise them. I do love them, but we are not attempting anything new from now on. I will be getting the Crested in Fall 2018, but until them, we will not be getting anything new, and we will be doing everything off the Calls were currently have. If you looked on my page about Call Ducks, you will notice that I have gotten rid of all the prices for Chestnut, Blue Fawn, Black-bibbed, and Blue Snowy. This doesn't mean we won't have the chance of the availability of these varieties, it just means I cannot guarantee there will be any, as there is insufficient amounts on my flock of the variety. I only have 17 ducks. I hope we continue to do well with our Calls, but we are not going to give up. I may be in bird debt forever, but that is not the main concern currently.
Griffin's Pocket-Sized Patch
DUE TO AVIAN INFLUENZA FOUND IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON, WE ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND ANY POULTRY SHOWS THIS MONTH.
Avian Influenza was tested positive in 2 flocks in Southwest Washington, summoning the Washington State Veterinarian to advise the PNPA to cancel their show at the Clark County Event Center, and the Stevenson Poultry Classic had to omit the entry of Waterfowl, which means we are not able to exhibit. We hope there is no chance of the spread of AI to adjacent flocks, and the Washington Department of Agriculture can prevent it from spreading into Oregon. We may still be at the Stevenson Poultry Classic, as I still have a poster and want to do showmanship (Thanks to the show secretary loaning me a chicken.) I hope the AI doesn’t spread.
THE AVIAN FLU FOUND IS CURRENTLY LOW PATHOGENIC, MEANING SYMPTONS ARE INCONSPICUOUS OR MILD. BUT IT CAN TURN A HIGH PATHOGENIC FORM WHERE IT KILLS VERY RAPIDLY AND SPREADS EASILY AND FAST BETWEEN BIRDS, AND POSSIBLY TO PEOPLE, SO BE CAREFUL, AND IT IS ALEAYS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP YOUR BIRDS CONTAINED AS IT IS MIGRATION SEASON.
We have a new addition coming to Griffin's Pocket-Sized Patch! We are taking on a couple of Nigerian Dwarf Goats! They will be here in September. (To eat the garden weeds after pumpkin harvest!) We must get them ready, and we will keep them in the aviary, with the pigeons we may get. My mother decided to get 2 goats this morning from the Goat Superintendent at the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo (One of the most knowledgeable Goat people in North Central Oregon. Well hopefully will have great fun with these cute little goats, as my sister will do showmanship with them next year!
Coming this August 21st, a Total Solar Eclipse will intersect the United States, making landfall in Lincoln City, OR and exiting the us in South Carolina. The Eclipse will draw Millions of people to areas where totality is visible. Oregon is supposed to have the best weather for viewing, so we will see a HUGE amount of people clogging our highways. We will have a movie showing that night for those trapped in Dufur. 2 Days afterward is the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo. It will be a very busy weekend and week. We advise you to check you state's advisory and warnings about the eclipse if you live or are traveling to states where it is visible.
We are showing a multitude of birds at the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo this August. We will will bring the following:
-Snowy Call Female
-Snowy Call Female
-Snowy Call Drake
-Snowy Call Drake
-Miniature Golden Cascade Female
-Miniature Golden Cascade Drake
-Chestnut Call Female
-Chestnut Call Drake
-White Chinese Female
-White Chinese Gander
-Tufted Roman Female
If you have been looking at my website recently, you have seen that there is a lot of numbers when you look at the Call Ducks. Well, I have made a table of Prices for each color, and each color for a quality. The more rare and better lines are more expensive, such as Snowy, Blue Snowy, and Chestnut. The more side colors such as Blue Fawn and Black-bibbed are a little cheaper. Miscellaneous colors that come out of my Calls such as Gray, they are at the bottom of the list, because I do not focus on these colors, I do not advertise them as a specialty color. Snowy is the easiest color to find in all qualities. Though these colors aren't currently bred into these qualities, I still am putting the prices just so that if it occurs, people know what they have the option of potentially purchasing. Elite Quality is the highest quality you could possibly obtain, and the prices are determined depending on their confirmation. Elite Quality can be any price, their is no bound, but I would not think they would be over $400 each. On Elite Quality, I frequently have my colleagues assist me in the determining of price, so that I don't price it wrong.
On May 6th, I acquired a Show Pair of Snowy Calls from Dave Holderread in Corvallis. Along with that, I acquired Show Quality Chestnut Call Ducks. Chestnut Calls are a very very rare color that only a few people in the US have. I believe that Dave Holderread created the color of Call, and now I have a pair of this gorgeous little duck. Chestnut in retrospect are like a Gray, but have Chestnut coloring where there would be gray on a Gray. The females are a light chestnut brown, with black spots. They look very similar in pattern to a Snowy, but are just a darker version.
I am purging my Khaki Campbells, and I am allowing people in the Columbia Gorge and surrounding areas obtain some of my stock. I am trying to see how many people are in the market for Khaki Campbell Ducklings and Eggs. I will have Khakis hatching this weekend and every weekend through June, but if you would like Khaki Eggs, you should contact me soon so I can keep a few of my best hens for supplying eggs to sell. Khaki Campbell Eggs are $18 per and a $1.50 per extra egg.