Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What a day for the bees! In February?

Today we had record breaking temperatures in Connecticut! The temps got well in to the 70's and the bees were out and about.

I even spotted some bringing in pollen, in February?!!!!!

As the girl to the right is doing some house keeping, the girl on the left is telling the tale in the form of a waggle dance, showing her excitement of her find. 

                                                Another one with pollen!
Before closing them up, I offered some more fondant which they were readily munching on as well as a good sized pollen patty. Hang in there girls, it's a trick! We still have a month until Spring!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The egg dry spell is over!

Finally, our dry spell has ended with the chickens finally laying these two eggs! They stopped laying mid December and havent laid anything since. We lost a few of our older girls this winter. We will be adding some new girls this Spring. So happy to be back to fresh eggs and not those nasty store bought ones.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Making Bath Bombs

Have you ever gone into a shop and seen the Bath Bombs but the cost was so high you thought again. I wanted to explore how to make these so I set out to learn. Now I see why they cost so much, they are labor intensive but they are also fun to make. There are various recipes on such sites as Pinterest, etc. You will need your various ingredients. Some supplies and more than anything, bath bomb molds!

With a good wisk blend all you ingredients together. This takes some time but you can do it while watching tv or something.

In this batch I wanted whole lavender on each end of the bath bomb so I put just a pinch in each mold.

Pack them as tight as you can and then bring the molds together, push as hard as you can to get a good pack...

Take them right out of the mold and there you are, instant bath fizzy bombs for your tub! Your skin will drink in the ingredients and will be amazingly soft too!

This batch I experimented with rose pedals I ground down, I used a gentle red dye to give it a rose color. So there you go, easy peasy! We will have these in our new gift corner that we will have at upcoming shows but for now, you can find me in the bath!!! 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bees on a Winter Day

We have good and bad news to report from the bee yard. The good news is our hive we've dubbed the "mean girls" are alive and well, as well as mean as ever! This hive is strong and thriving.

I added some more pollen patties and vondant left over. 

Sadly the other hive did not do so well. I found bees throughout the hive in clusters that appear to have starved to death. This cluster was interesting as it had the queen and some workers in the center but tons of food on this frame and throughout the whole hive.

Here is a closer view...

And even a closer one here. She still has her dot on her back. So very sad...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fair thee well Willie

Today was a sad day as we lost our "One Eyed Willie". The "Rico Suave" of the chicken coop. While the other roosters spent their time squabbling,  Willie used his time wisely courting the ladies. We will miss his kind demeanor and the ease to sneak up on him and grab him for a hug. RIP Willie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Chicken down!!!!

We have been under very cold conditions here in Connecticut with record breaking temperatures which is putting a lot of stress on our animals. Yesterday I went up to feed our chickens in the morning and found this old girl in great distress. With eyes closed and hiding in the coop, she was in big trouble.

I brought her down to the house, did an examination and quickly found out what was the matter. Her crop was huge and hard. She has been eating but my guess was she wasn't getting much water.  I quickly gave her water and began to massage, breaking up the solid clump that was her crop. I began giving her mineral oil along with water every half hour and off to work she came with me for the day. At this point she could barely stand and was quite weak.

This is her about 4 hours later!!! Standing, more energy and feeling much better. 

With negative temperatures she could not go back to the coop so she has spent the last two nights in our bathtub!!!

The sign is in the poop...on the right was her earlier droppings and on the left a much more formed and normal stool telling me she is on the mend!!!