Sunday, April 25, 2010

They grow up so fast....

The new chicks are going into their sixth week and they are growing so fast.  I am so excited that I have had enough free time to spend bonding time with these chicks.  Our adult hens are friendly but just don't care much for us, but the little chicks have definitely bonded to me.  When I walk down to their pen they start chirping and when I open the brooder house, they run in and jump on the ledge to great me.  A few of the Buff Orpingtons love to be cuddled and all of them will eat from my hand.  They are learning and changing so much everyday.  Its fun to watch them "learn" to be chickens.  Today I got to see them test practice their dust bathing and every day they love to stretch their wings and "fly" around.  Although their pen is adjacent to the other chickens, they have not been formally introduced.  I hope in the next two weeks to spend some time introducing the lil' ones to the big ones with hopes of somehow creating a happy flock!

Here are some pictures of the chickies and a link to a video of taking dust baths in the shavings! 

This is what happens every time I open the lid!  The little head you can see is one of the other Buffs, she is sitting on top of the door to check things out!

The Americauna girls...on the left is Ducky (she has duck like markings) and the red head Fiona.

There are four Buff's so they have no names, right now I can't tell them apart!  I figure one of these days I will figure out what to call them!



Me and the "cuddly" Buff Orpington

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Bees Knees

This morning, I picked up our very first package of honey bees from a local apiary near our house and headed home with a box of buzzing bees in the back of my car.  Our friend Walt who has worked bees before kindly offered to come over and help us install our bees into our hive.  Along with Walt, came his wife Kara, her Nana, and their three amazing cutie pie kids!  So not only did we get to install bees but we had a wonderful afternoon of visiting with our friends! 

So, donned in bee attire, Walt, my hubby and myself got the bees in the hive and hopefully they will continue to thrive and "bee" happy!  Here is the picture diary of our adventures!  What fun...and no one got stung! 

 Installing the Queen

Removing the top to the box o' bees!

Shaking the bees from the box!

Happy Bees!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Chicken Duplex

So as I have mentioned before, my dad and I were in the process of building an addition to our existing chicken house for raising biddies.  The idea was to build a house big enough for 9-10 biddies to grow to a reasonable size while being protected from the larger hens.  The biddies will stay in this house and their adjoining pen until they are big enough to hold their own against the 3 hens we currently have.  Here are the pictures of the construction, best chicken duplex ever built!  (Thanks Dad!)

Construction of roof
Frame looking at chicken door 
 Front side (chicken door)


Finished with shingles
Back, human access door and window
Lift top lid for easy access to biddies!
Biddies, loving their new digs!

 Now all that is left is to build their outdoor run and watch them grow!