I think the chickens are looking forward to spring more than I am.
We recently repeated this trip to the mountains of NC, and the boys thought it would be funny to repeat some of the pictures we took then and compare them now. So here are the then and now – 2009 vs 2013 photos:
Tree hugger in 2009
Tree hugger in 2013
Tired from hike, 2009
Tired from hike, 2013
That apple is the size of her head! 2009
So we couldn’t find an apple the size of her head, because the girl is now big! 2013
There’s something new on Pleasant Run Farm in NJ: honey bees! There are three hives owned and cared for by a fellow who works there. Today my FIL filled in to take care of these busy little critters.
The front door to one of the hives
My FIL feeding a hive; the top portion of the box contains a bucket of sugar water. This also prevents the bees from eating the honey they produce. He’s trying to slide a wood block over a hole that the bees go through to access the sugar water.
My brave FIL, without all the bee-keeping gear! He got stung twice. At this point I had squeamishly run away to be at a safe distance.
Busy bee. They’re amazing little creatures!
A while ago, early this spring, we gave the old chicken coop a face lift and converted it into a brooder. Here’s a photo of it back in 2006 when it was only a year old:
The coop back in 2005. It doesn’t look too bad here, but it’s been home to many a chicken since then. Look at the kids!! They were so little back then!!
And here it is now:
Here it is all cleaned and painted, 2013!
New window shutters
Just in time
For brooding new chicks