Part-Time Free-Range Chickens

My comic

While it’s not technically an “eggery” yet, I thought I would give a little update on our feathered friends. Unfortunately we are not able to let the girls free-range all the time because of the local predators, but they do get their time in. We have to lookout for: house cats, feral cats, mountain lions, stray dogs, raccoons, bob cats, hawks, and who knows what else!
photo.JPG
By the way… They love finding crickets in the field and playing “tag”.

– Sarah

The Hive is Here!

Trevor received his bee hive kit in the mail Wednesday from Miller Bee Supply. The beginners kit comes with just about everything you need to get started: hive body parts, hive super parts, ten frames for the body, ten frames for the super, wax foundations for all frames, nails for assembly, hive tops, smoker, smoker fuel, Beekeeping DVD, bee brush, hive tool, hat and veil, gloves, screen bottom board, entrance reducer, and entrance feeder. We also bought a queen excluder for later.

Good deal!
My comic

My comic
Let me tell you that while the assembly itself is easy, it sure is time consuming. Especially when it comes down to putting together all of those wax frames. Ten for the hive body and another ten for the honey super. Arg!

And of course our daughter felt the need to sit right next to the hive. Practically ON the hive… You know, just incase the bees need a welcoming party.

– Sarah

Deluxe Chicken Ark :: part 3

My comic
Finished run with gate.
Finished back complete with door and lock.

My comic
Inside view of the roost going from triangle front to triangle back.
Inside view of the sliding door.

My comic
Our younger chickens on their outside roosting branch.
The hen house door pulley system. Just pull the rope to open and hang it on the screw. Let the rope off the screw to close the door.

My comic
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! When the door is open you see the red comb. When the door is closed, it reveals a friendly chicken! Ta da!

– Sarah