Lazy Bee Farm honey comes fresh from our hives. Our bees collect nectar and pollen from the local area to make the sweetest honey possible. Spring honey is lighter in color and has a sweeter, more delicate taste. Our fall honey tends to be slightly darker in color. with a more robust flavor. All of our honey is is bottled right on the farm.
Nancy took this video while I was tilling the garden today. This is our first time getting the tractor and the new rotary tiller dirty. I was really impressed with the job it did! This area is for our vegetable garden, so it's not very large, but we bought enough white clover seed today to plant a full acre for the bees. We'll get to work tilling the clover field in the next week or two. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to till a full acre. The bees should get here around mid-April.
We picked up our new tractor today. It'll take a bit of getting used to before I'm comfortable with the controls. It's significantly larger than the last tractor, so Nancy will be expecting me to get more work done too! I did splurge a little and get the canopy (and cruise control). The canopy will keep the sun & rain off of my head, the cruise control will allow me to nap as I'm mowing the field. At least that's what the dealer said. :-)
Be safe out there!
It seems like one of the chicks is larger than the rest. I was working at my computer, not worried about the door being open because I figured if the cat bothered the chicks they would make a lot of noise (heck they squeal when I approach). So I was surprised to get up to leave the room and notice that one chick was noticeably larger than the rest! Percy had entered the brooder box and the babies didn't make a sound. He didn't go after them, just curious, and they just walked around him like he was one of them.
Having fun on the farm!
I completed assembling our first four bee hives this afternoon. A little paint and a few bees and we'll be ready to go! For the record, I do plan to move them out of the house before we put the bees in. ;-)
We should be receiving our bee packages around mid-April, weather permitting. Can't wait to get started.
Happy Saturday to all!
We added 50 new girls to our flock tonight. Unfortunately they'll be sleeping in my room for a few nights. :-( It's hard to tell, but there really are 50 chickens packed in there. 40 of them are red hens (RI Reds or NH Reds), the other 10 are Brown Leghorns. Hopefully they all become great egg layers!
Now I have a deadline to get the big dome put up and turned into an acceptable coop. Once these girls get to about two months old they'll need a home bigger than our present coop. Nothing like a flock of growing chickens to motivate you. I'm hoping for an early Spring so I can build it in good weather.
Nancy's favorite 2-1/2 yr old girl, Myrtle, lounging on the generator. At her age she stills lays outstanding eggs and sits down when you reach out to pet her. Happy chickens make happy eggs!
While Myrtle enjoyed the high perch above, the rest of the hens took advantage of the sunny weather to enjoy a dirt bath under the porch. Enjoy the beautiful day everyone.
Today I moved the one week old chicks to the top brooder in the coop. They'll stay in there for the next 4-6 weeks, then join the rest of the flock in the fields. As usual, they'll be a little shy at first, but they'll blend in quickly. I won't miss having the baby brooder in the bedroom, they were getting noisy at night!
Who says cats eat birds? These birds are just plain fun for Percy to play with. This little one even matches his fur color. Kind of cozy up there little chick?
I'm just looking, honest!
We purchased our new rotary tiller for the tractor this past weekend. It's a 5 foot Tarter rotary tiller weighing in at 638 pounds. We plan to use it this Spring in preparation for crop planting as well as plantings to supplement our bees.
I can't wait to get this thing dirty.. :-)
Happy harvesting all!
Three weeks ago today we put 38 eggs in our incubator for the first time. This weekend we were rewarded with 27 healthy baby chicks! I took a short video of them also, which you can view below. They are an interesting mix of colors, stripes etc. We'll see what they look like as they grow up. Next weekend I plan to put another batch in the incubator and see if we can improve. This time around 71% hatched.