We're still having our January thaw, but temps are supposed to start dropping again on Monday. Today our friend Pierre came over and rigged up a whole new pump system for our barn well. It's fabulous. No more frozen hoses!
I did a whole bunch of sweeping, cleaning of nest-boxes, and sprinkling of wood shavings. Charlotte decided to sit on my shoulder while I worked, after McGuinty the rooster made a very unwelcome pass at her.
She stayed there for a good 20 minutes!
Doesn't everyone sweep with a chicken on her shoulder?
I would love to replace that broken-up concrete floor. It's just about imposible to keep clean.
Doesn't Charlotte look content? And she laid a very nice egg this morning! (In her next box, not on me.) I hope she grows in some new feathers soon. A few of my hens are looking really tatty.
Tristan and Sophie like to help with clean-up by eating all the poop they can find. UGH!
Meanwhile, it was so warm today that my bees were zipping out for cleansing flights. Unlike the ducks and chickens, they won't poop in their hives. If the temps go above freezing, you'll see them zipping out for a quick dump. This bee is actually a drone (a male) who somehow escaped the ritual drone execution fiesta that goes on every fall in a beehive. Some drones always manage to make it through. This guy came out, landed on my hand, and vacated his little bee-bowels right on my hand (yellow droplet below him!)
I desperately need a manicure. And hand cream!
Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.