Spring is finally here and the task list is very long. I have been busy the last month taking the on-line real estate courses which I finished today. I will take the state test in the next couple of weeks and barring any testing hick-ups, I will be a licensee in April. Cramming 120 hours of training in a month, I was still able to accomplish quite a few other tasks.
I built a chick brooder box a couple of weeks ago and my son and I picked up laying hens and meat bird chicks at IFA and Cal Ranch. I usually like to wait until after Easter to get chicks as KSL is usually loaded with chicks for sale from people who bought them for the holiday without a plan for the future. This year I wanted to get started so we went ahead and bought them. We picked up one each of the following breeds; Buff Orpington, Americana, Golden Wyndotte, White Leghorn, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red and a Delaware. The meat chickens are Cornish Crosses and they will go in the freezer in about eight weeks. As always the chicks are cute and my son and the neighbor kids have been playing with them.
I have visited the bee hive a few times over the past several weeks and today I fully inspected the hive and all appears to be going well with plenty of capped brood. I filled the sugar water container and I took one sting on the lip from a bee that got under the netting. Will see how fat my lip will get in the next few days as my reaction to stings is usually slow.
My experiment of lining the outside of the hive with black leaf bags and straw has been a success and today I removed all of the insulation and to my surprise I found a little nest with seven chicken eggs. Funny where chickens will hide to lay eggs.
The school garden has been a struggle keeping watered as there is no water turned on to the garden yet. We have been hauling five gallon buckets of water every few days but the plants don’t look very good. We will have to replant once the sprinkling system is turned on. We have been enjoying spring salads from the grow light system. There is a farmer at the winter market who grows all kinds of spring greens and I plan to experiment with other greens such as radishes and sunflowers.
There was a downtown winter market yesterday and we enjoyed a growing crowd. I had a friend bring some folks from Scotland to visit my booth. They purchased a couple of birdhouses that I made from old compost boards from my bins. They will take them home to my ancestral homeland. I wonder what kinds of birds will inhabit them.
I bought a shitaki mushroom growing kit at the market yesterday so I am excited to see how that new experiment grows and tastes.
I have been trying to get my own yard cleaned up and I will plant my spring vegetables this week. I have not had the time to build merchandise so I need to get going on that and I need to get started on my new chicken coop. My lazy winter is over and I should be able to get some rest in say December.