Pink Sunshine is thus far my ultimate favorite tomato. It's pink and sweet and just the ride size for a single bite. Unfortunately, the last time I grew it (2015), the seeds I saved turned black during fermentation. I saved them, but worried they wouldn't be good. I knew there were more seeds in the seed mix from that year, so I tried growing some out, but didn't get any Pink Sunshine tomatoes. I even shared a bunch of the mix with other gardeners in hopes maybe someone else could get some Pink Sunshine to grow and save me some seeds. Still, no luck. So I figured, I'd give it a try. I dug out the black tomato seeds and planted them. Sure enough, there's a new sprout in there. I am so excited for this variety - it's so good, I'm definitely going to be saving a lot more seeds this year to I don't have this shortage issue in the future!
While talking to the breeder, she said she was interested in selling the parents as well. She doesn't want to deal with ducks anymore, and has a lot on her plate right now (she's a mom - I totally understand). I jumped at the opportunity to get a few more adult ducks.
We had two fawn and white Indian Runner ducks last year - they were our very first ducks, they came with Josh (the African gander). Unfortunately on Christmas Eve last year something killed them both. I sobbed for days. Worst Christmas event ever. The opportunity to get some more is something I don't want to miss.
Tomorrow, after running all of my errands, we will be picking up the two above cuties, and their parents on our way home. The parents will go out to the barn to bond with the other birds (in a separate cage so they can meet through the cage without fighting - then released together at night when the other birds come in for the night). The ducklings will be headed for the brooder until they are old enough (and fully feathered) to join the rest of the flock. I'm hoping the naughty gosling leaves them alone. If not, naughty gosling and the bigger birds may have to be separated from the two new babies for a while.
If the eggs in the incubator successfully hatch, this puts these ducklings in a weird middle ground. They're 2-3 weeks younger than the other birds in the brooder now, and will be 3-4 weeks older than any chicks hatched from our incubator. I'm hoping the sheer size of the brooder lends a hand in keeping everyone civil. I'll be moving one of the lights lower tomorrow morning before we head out, so assure the brooder has a spot warm enough to accommodate these new babies. There's enough space the other birds can comfortably lounge further from the bulb, or walk away from it completely if they're uncomfortable.
I did attempt to candle some of the eggs in the incubator today but I saw nothing. No blood vessels, no "bad spot" - just a floating yolk in each. I'm wondering if that's due to duck eggs taking longer to mature than chicken eggs. I'm not giving up hope yet. I'll wait until Sunday when I'm planning to add the chicken eggs to see if I can get a better view with the flashlight.