A bit cold outside so I thought I would add a nice green springtime Pic. In late August of 2011 we applied winter rye into growing soybeans. The rye took root and began to grow and then went dormant in the fall. In the spring of 2012 the rye began growing again. On May 8th it looked like this. The rye does not interfere with the soybeans the year before and then aids soil microbial activity in the winter/spring and finally provides biomass when it is incorporated into the soil.
Every once in awhile a hen will just become dead set on laying eggs in a secret spot and avoiding the laying barn altogether. Occasionally I lock the birds up for a couple of days to keep them laying where they are supposed to.
However, when a hen is determined she will avoid being locked up and succed in raising a clutch of eggs. This one was earlier in the spring. I thought of it because she did it again and is raising a second batch.
You can’t beat raking hay in the summer. The fragrance of fresh hay, the Karl Kuerner like images of windrows against the backdrop of tree covered hills. And most importantly finding a patch of ripening blackcaps! I could pick a bunch to bring home and let others enjoy them….but I never do.
Honeybees swarm when the colony becomes crowded. They create what is called a swarm cell, which is a cell producing a new queen, and a few days before it hatches the old queen and about 1/2 of the bees take leave of the colony. In this case the swarm stopped over on a tree outside the house and I was able to capture it and use it to start a new colony.
Received the first shipment of chicks on monday. Got them settled in with a non-medicated starter ration and water. They actually received a live virus coccidiosis vaccine prior to being shipped which precludes giving them any medication. The vaccine was administered by sending the chicks through a spray cabinet which doses the chicks with the vaccine mixed with a dye. The dye encourages preening behaviour which results in the chicks ingesting the vaccine.
Working land for Gary behind the Silver Creek Reservoir in Haverhill Township I stopped and snapped this photo. In the foreground on the water are a couple clutches of ducks. Pretty impressive how a flood control structure can add a little slice of nature in the otherwise agrarian landscape.
New chicks are coming soon and we still have a few 2011 production fryers in the freezer. We will sell them for $2.00/lb until they are gone. The birds were raised without antibiotics and were finished on grass and allowed to range.
Lots going on out at Graham Park. The Olmsted county fairboard and Olmsted county parks have ponied up some money to continue improvments on Building 31 (aka floral hall). They will be replacing floor joists in the upstairs that will enable the upstairs to be used again for events. Also the county has the money required and has bids for replacing the windows. Notice in the picture the flashing placed over the eaves of the building. That prevents water from running down into cracks in the limestone where it freezes and damages the limestone.
Also county park and highway staff put in curb cuts and small drainage basins in the area between the beer garden and building 42. This allows water to run off the parking lot into these small catch basins and infitrate back into the ground instead of ending up in the storm sewer system and dumped into the river. A small first step towards reducing runoff from the facility. Also grass will be seeded into the worked up areas and trees will be planted. Furthering the greening of graham park.
Lambing started. The ewes will lamb inside and then in April I will move the ewes and lambs to a grass pasture. For a day or 2 the lambs are confined with the ewes in a small pen then they get moved to a group and then as the lambs are older they move outside.