Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nesting...


some one's been stealing the threads from a rug i put out to dry to make a nest.  it's a very colorful nest: we'll have to keep our eyes on it to see what happens...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

a baby bee emerging from the cell...







and the master beekeepers:
Charlotte, Katie, and Taylor

The Bees and the Chicken

The bees are still up in the tree and the chicken is still setting on her nest.  She looks healthy and fine (if a bit cranky), so we gave her some more eggs.  Again.  Another 21 days to go.  Poor Momma.

Friday, July 15, 2011

and, as we head into darkness...

the bees are still deliberating!

Still Deliberating

Our swarm is still up in the tree deliberating over a new home.  I guess we shouldn't call them 'our' swarm anymore.  They are most definitely their own colony...

I think this Winter's bee book is going to bee HoneyBee Democracy.  It's about how honeybees discuss and deliberate when they swarm and deliberate over the new home.  Scouts go out and 'househunt' and bring back the info to the swarm and they 'discuss' the merits of the new home options until one is chosen by consensus and the all head to the new home!  Should be an interesting book.

Avalon

The swarm is still clustered in the pine.  They have moved from a handful of balls to one big cluster.  I'm glad it didn't rain on them last night.  I did remind them there was an open beehive ready To Let right near by...

I'll see what's happened when I get home later.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

swarming



Avalon just swarmed.  
I hope they move into the hive set up for them....but I wished them a happy journery, wherever they choose to move!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Momma Hen

We've had a Momma hen setting on eggs...for a very, very long time now.  She disappeared one day (after a mauling from Troy in May) and we thought she had run away to join the Circus.  But, a few weeks later, we found her, setting on a bunch of eggs.  We were pretty sure she had been gone for more than 21 days, so I gave her six freshly laid eggs.  This is day 21 for the new eggs and she's been diligently setting on them.  I am so hoping she hatches out a chick or two.  For her sake, she's been setting for so very long, it would be so very sad for her not to reap the rewards of all that work.

And, I guess I must admit, I would enjoy seeing a Momma hen taking care of some baby chicks!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's hard to get Greens in the Winter

Greens are so good for you and so hard to find in the winter, I mean, if you're trying to eat local stuff that actually still has some nutritional value to it.  I usually blanche and freeze spinach for dishes in the winter and that helps to get those Winter greens.  This year, I am trying something new.  I blended Kale and Chard with some water and froze it in ice cube trays.  I am figuring, come January, when  our bodies are desperate for anything green and fresh-ish, I can pop a cube into a smoothie and voila: green nutrition!!  It might even taste good!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guess What's for Dinner...


love the farm!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our Dirty Life

We have dirty bodies and a few good blisters, but clean stalls/barn and happy goat feet!  The spring clean of the barn is a bit behind schedule, but we're almost there!  The barn looks great.  The worst of the stalls looks good!  And now we're all showered (with WindyFields latest soap) and clean and ready to settle in for some homemade ice cream (also from WindyFields--Happy Birthday to Me) and a movie.  Maybe some popcorn if I can find room in the belly for that too!

We tried not to disturb the little hen up in the loft setting on eggs.  If all goes well, we'll have a baby chick or two or three on Monday.  Yay!!!

All is good here on the farm!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

dirty life...


I thought this would be another:  farming is so very hard, but so very wonderful books!  And I was right!!  But it was fantastic.  I love the characters, and the reality of farming life (it isn't easy...try it!), but they persevere as do most that love the work they do!

I love the CSA set up they have created for their members.

It's inspired me here on BumbleChick as I take a step back and reassess to remember to step back in and get into the dirt.

And really, it's got me hoping that WindyFields Farms sets up a similar CSA program and Paul and I can be the first members!!  I know my limitations here, and though this book did inspire me, it really made me think of WindyFields and what they could be!  So go for it WF, I've got your back...and, umm, I'll still have bees and chickens and some goats and the pooch!!

blog.windyfieldsfarm.com


And speaking of books, I still love:  (it's worth it, just for the recipes in the back!)