Spring Fever

Beehives in the snow Outside work has slowed to a crawl this last week. The next round of must-do’s is for the pigs and bees in April, so even with the nice weather, we let the mud convince us to work indoors. Then we had a fine cold and snowy weekend. Once the blizzard had actually started, I remembered that we could have cleaned out the beehives without getting too messed up by the mud. Oh well, with 9 more inches of snow to melt, we can do it this week.

DSC02944Bjarki had his first puppy kindergarten class yesterday. Apparently a great time was had by all. Lisa has him doing ‘sit’ and ‘down’, at least when there’s a bit of deli ham in the offing. He could care less about official doggie treats. Next shopping run, we’ll try a pack of fish-flavored cat treats. He loves his tuna, so perhaps they’ll work better. This week’s homework is walking on a leash.

DSC02937We seem to be having chicken issues. Our egg production is barely averaging 2 per day, down from 3 plus when we first got them. The only thing I can think that we might be doing wrong is letting their water freeze too often. The weather won’t be helping a lot this week, so I’ll try to change it more often.

DSC02959All is well on the sheep front.

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  1. Frank
    Posted March 20, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    The chickens have certanly made the water go away. I’m sure they’re drinking quite a bit of it but they seem to be splashing it on the floor as well, albeit without dumping the bowl. Which is quite impressive: the sheep would dump it or crap in it within minutes. It’s too early to see results in the egg laying.

  2. Posted March 20, 2007 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    We always see egg production go down when it gets colder. They put their energy towards keeping warm.

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