A time of firsts…

Amidst the chaos that ensues at this busy time of the growing season we have been experiencing a time of many ‘firsts’.

We have our first broody hens for the season.

Which has then led to our first chicks of the season.

We have our first baby rabbits.

Whilst making our first thorough inspection of our hives we have sighted one of our queen bees for the first time.

Can you see her?

We’ve also had the first bee sting (our intrepid blog photographer), eaten our first snow peas, garlic scapes and broad beans, planted tomatoes and our early potatoes are flowering.

Another milestone is the planting of our first fruit tree on the property, a bosc pear, an impulse buy at the local school fair.

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3 thoughts on “A time of firsts…

  1. Pingback: Introducing our bees | K & D family farm

  2. Hello friends
    I tried to leave a message after your latest post but WordPress would not link to this comments page – but here I am. It all looks very good – well done. I especially like the success you are having with your animals. I had a Light Sussex go broody and put 12 Langshan eggs under her – now there are only 3. There was another chicken in with her – I think this might have been a mistake. I have another hen gone broody so want to try again.
    So here’s my questions – how do you get your chooks to go broody ?
    What sort of cage/box do you have her sit in to hatch the chicks ? (the one in the picture looks like a cardboard box ?
    In what conditions do you put the nesting box ?
    How do you keep out the foxes ?
    Thanks – am enjoying your blogs very much.
    Stephen

    • Hi Stephen,

      Sorry mate, I stuffed up with that last post and hit publish when I meant to hit save, anyway it’s all good now.

      Yes it is not good to have 2 hens in together when they go broody unless they are old hands at it. Also I noticed you had a rodent problem in the OMG, rats will also take eggs and chicks (or parts thereof) from under a broody. Hens will go broody on their own predominantly from spring through to late summer, I have no idea how to make them go broody, I only know how to stop them from being broody once they have begun. Bantams and silkies seem to go broody more consistently from other breeds. However if a hen has gone broody once you can usually expect them to continue to do so every season from then on.
      You are correct, our broody is in a cardboard box. We have a maternity ward for our girls, a separate shed for all of our broodies. Once a hen goes broody in whatever shed/coop she may be in I remove her to our maternity ward ASAP (otherwise she will disrupt the other girls from lying) and put her in a cardboard box on the eggs that I have chosen for her. I lock her in with a plastic frame wedged in with car tyre until I am sure she will sit properly, once I am absolutely certain she is sitting properly I will remove the plastic frame and I may even open the door to the maternity ward to give her outside access when she is on breaks. I will only do this if she is proven trustworthy, I have had a few last minute failures this season, new broodies that have nearly gone full term only to go AWOL in the final days. If she is a new broody she should be encouraged, in the first week to get up, eat, drink and relieve herself daily.
      In theory we don’t have foxes yet in Tasmania, regardless of what the Tasmanian Fox Task Force might have to say, we have quolls and Tassie Devils but they haven’t found us here yet. We did lose 4 chicks from that photo in our ‘reflections’ post but she was a new mother and it was likely to an owl or other aerial predator. When the ground based predators zero in on us here we are going to have to seriously consider LGD (livestock guardian dogs).
      Likewise mate, we too are enjoying your blogs,
      Dalles.

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