An exciting and sad day.....
Our broody hen finally did it! Our first baby chick. I went to the hen house and found the hen with shell on her beak. I peaked. This tiny baby was under her, eyes open, breathing, yet sadly looked sickly. I believe the shell broke just a day or two too early. The poor chick was not really ready to join the outside world. It lived less than an hour. Praying the next one does better. We cannot incubate and hoping for a sustainable supply of chickens by using broody hens to raise young. Fingers crossed.
Desert Mule Deer
Large herd of does, many more than what I caught a photo of.
There was at least a bakers dozen!
Not much further down the road from the mule deer, actually less than 1/4 mile I spotted this doe in the field.
As I stopped to take her picture more joined her.
Heading home this sweet girl was in my driveway. I couldn't help but notice all her wrinkles.
Poor thing looks dehydrated. It is 104 degrees fahrenheit!
My market find of the day...... A ginormous, humungous KOHLRABI. Have you ever seen one this big? Me neither! When my dad grew them we always picked them when they were about the size of baseballs. I was thinking this one would be woody inside, possibly even hard to cut. It wasn't! I was pleasantly surprised that it was wonderful and yummy. These have a crisp cabbage flavor. Dan never tasted one before and not surprisingly he spit it out. He is not a fan of cabbage and so it is all mine! Actually, we had a friend over and he was devouring it and mentioned how it would probably be good pickled..........guess what I am doing when I get more. ;)
Swarm Lure Box.....
Using old bee hive boxes and scrap wood we make swarm lure boxes to catch feral swarms in the area. Our hopes is that they will find our boxes more appealing than holes in banks of the washes so that we can easily remove them, relocate, and requeen with European genetics. To keep costs down I use old wax for scent and no frames. The swarm then free forms their comb which when I transfer into one of my boxes, I treat the same as doing a removal. The brood gets banded into frames. I missed checking this box and surprise! Three large sections of brood and some nice honey.