Thursday 5 May 2016
Back Breaking Day
After the normal morning chores and animal feeds
I got stuck into cleaning out the chicken house
Fresh straw and a good dusting of Red Mite powder
There is another broody but I am not having her sit on eggs.
Then it was on to the goat house
After cleaning out the old bedding I left it to air in the sunshine and then added fresh bedding this afternoon, I also sorted out alternative accommodation for the goat kids, tonight is there first night away from there mums,
I have been practicing milking the goats, but if we want milk we need to separate the kids at night so we can get the milk in the morning before the kids, after milking they will be able to be together during the day.
I got a hand pump milker to help with milking,
I will do another post about it and how it works,
Thelma is now happy to stand without hobbles,
Connie is a different matter.
Then it was down to the bee hives
I wanted to get a bait hive set up.
I attached a little tube to a frame, it contains an oil that is scented to smell like the pheromone that attracts bees.
The frame was popped into a empty hive
And left in position to see if a swarm will take up residence,
I want to get another couple set up at the week end.
I have also been weeding, digging, shifting muck, planting, watering and of course I popped out to vote.
Its been a glorious day my back is feeling it tonight, along with my legs, tomorrow should be an easier day,
I am now off to shut up the chickens have a shower, dinner and relax with a bit of sewing.
I will do a post on the poly tunnel tomorrow there is so much going on in there.