Showing posts from March, 2012

Friday Farm Fotos: Fuzzy Bottom Maternity Ward

They're heee-ere!!
Well, not all of them- in fact, not even half of the eggs have hatched yet, but it looks like we will have a bumper crop of Spring Chickies for 2012.

Before the hatching even began, we almost had a terrible tragedy... I heard one of the hens making a unusual squawking sound, like they do when they're scared or very upset, so I went up to the coop to investigate. To my horror, I saw a huge black snake in the nest box with it's mouth wrapped around one of the soon-to-be hatching eggs!  Without thinking I quickly moved into Chikie Protector mode... I squeezed Mr. Snake's head until he gently laid the precious egg back down, then I lifted him out of the box and introduced him to the business end of my garden hoe.
I'm just glad I was at home when it happened, or Mr. Snake wouldn't have stopped until all the eggs in that box were gone...

A couple of days later, the first chick hatched..... *squeal*

Then came the second one....

 In the meantime-…

Friday Farm Fotos: Broody hens and a Big Bee Welcoming Committee

Lily gets filled in on the latest hen house gossip.

Some of you may remember back a couple of years ago when Dad helped us get started in beekeeping with two hives of our very own...  sadly, one hive didn't make it through the first year, and then last spring we were heartbroken when we found out the second hive- which had been the stronger of the two- was gone as well. Last Saturday, Hubby was working in his little shop behind the barn and since it was 80 degrees that afternoon, he had his doors wide open to help keep cool. He started noticing honey bees flying inside the door and gathering around our beekeeping supply box and the empty hives in the corner. He finally called for me to come and help him try to get the bees out of his building, and I told him I thought they might be looking for a home. Hubby was a little skeptical at first, but he went along with my idea to set out one of the hive boxes and see what happened... we watched closely the rest of the evening and even Sund…

Friday Farm Fotos: Changes

I've not been doin' so good on this here blawg thing lately....

For some reason the days are rolling along so fast right now and since the Daylight Savings change I've been losing track of time even worse than before... it's dark for almost 2 hours after I get up in the mornings, but now it's daylight for a long time after the supper dishes are cleaned up! *JEEZ*

There have been some changes around here lately; some sad, some happy.... and some letting go of things that were before and moving forward.
A few weeks ago Hubby looked at me out of the blue and said, "I don't know if I'm going to be able to put up hay this year."
This took me totally by surprise since he was so excited about all of his new hay equipment just a couple of years ago.... but I understood where he was coming from since this statement was made after we left the doctors' office for the last time and he issued Hubby a pretty stern warning about taking it easy from now on.

Wordless Wednesday: Corners of my home