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Well, got a load of dirt for all the holes yesterday. Then, got a turkey from the store. Of course, there was no room in the freezer, so an impromptu canning session to make room. Who doesn’t like spending most of the night canning? If I’m already canning I’m going to can the cranberries that are finally available. If I’m making cranberries then I might as well make apple butter, some of them are looking a bit bruised. If I’m making apple butter I might as well see what else can be tossed in a can; I mean everything’s already out and ready. I had a friend who came over for my random canning night, which was awesome. But there’s still at least five batches of cranberries left to cook and can among more apple butter! I love seeing all the jars done and laid out.
 

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Ever use red hots cinnamon candy in your applesauce? I've never made it, but a friend gave me some once and it was delicious! What about combining cranberries and apples? That might be interesting.
I have never thought about putting red hots in applesauce, might have to try it one day. Crapple jam could be good, but I don’t believe there is a recipe for it in the big blue book of canning, and the few recipes I have tried outside of that book have gone horribly wrong. Do you know another trusted recipe book for canned goods?
 

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Ahh, thanksgiving is over. I think I’m more looking forward to left overs than I was to the meal🤣. I had two ducks hatch yesterday. I have one that pipped two days ago, but it’s not looking right. The membrane looks a bit yellowy and just something’s off. I might help that one in a little bit. The two ducks are currently in my brand new mistake of a brooder box. My plastic one broke and I decided it would be cheaper to make one out of wood. But it is a two man carry that barely fits through the door, and I didn’t even remember a floor. Don’t plan a building project late at night and when you have to finish it within 24 hours. Anyway, it is covered in plastic and cardboard to protect my floor and the ducklings seem happy. I’m also trying a mama duck heating pad for the first time. It took longer to heat up than expected, but they seem to be doing alright now. I think they’d rather be snuggled in my hoodie, but sometimes life is hard lol. Thank you @Beekissed for helping invent this wonderful brooding method. It is so much better than having a bright heat lamp in my room. Yes, the ducks are in my room, because the house is being remodeled, rearranged and reorganized; but mostly because I want them close. It’s going to be hard selling them I think, but I have a friend interested so hopefully they’ll take them.
 

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I'd like to take credit for that method but there was one lady that did it before me and I found her vid when the thought about doing it had occurred to me. I was just the first to put the model and idea up on BYC. I had used a heating pad to hatch chicks, so it occurred to me to try to brood them that way also....so when I looked to see if anyone else had tried it, I found her vid. It didn't exactly show how to make the brooder but it wasn't tough to figure and we all put our own spin on it from there.
 

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One quack attack had an unabsorbed yolk, it was my first time with that and eeek. But after the first day the little bit had bounced back and now runs around with everybody else. I don’t think it’s genetic, but should I be worried about hatching her future eggs just in case?
 

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