Wednesday, April 22, 2015

First Trial of 9200 Little Giant Incubator

Photo courtesy of Amazon - Miller Mfg 9200 Egg Incubator
 
Well the exciting process of hatching baby chicks for the first time has officially begun!  It's day 3 of our 21 day incubation period. I have been waiting years to try this process out!
 
So right now I am getting my exercise.  I have the unit set up down in the basement and I keep running up and down the stairs checking the temperature and humidity.  Learning a ton about the Little Giant 9200 Still Air Incubator.  This units seems to work really well - holds the temperature perfectly even though it's styrofoam.  SOLD HERE.  Temperature has been maintained at about 99.5. I keep filling up the water reservoirs as well to keep the humidity level up.
 
We have 10 eggs in the incubator...hoping for good results!  Stay tuned!

Friday, April 17, 2015

SOLD the city house and MOVED to the FARM!

Well it has been a wild ride. It took WAY longer to sell our house in the city than we ever dreamed. I will spare you those details. Ha - But it finally happened!! I have so much to update you on its crazy. Slowly but surely. 

It's been a smooth transition to the country. I quit my job and am now working on a farm. Lol. It's wonderful. The freedom has changed my life. No more sitting a a desk staring at my computer! Rotting basically. 

Right now we are working on cleaning up the flower beds and prepping for the garden. We will be expanding to make more room for more stuff this year.

We planted in our cold frame this year. See photo - thankfully all that snow is long gone.   So far radishes,  bok choy,  fennel and lettuces. It's only been about two weeks.

Our honey bees survived the winter for the first time. We are very thankful for that...they have been very busy.

There's a lot to do around this 120ish year old farm. Always a work in progress - that's for sure. Loving every minute of it.

This weekend we are going to try incubating our own eggs for the first time. Been waiting a while to give this a try. I will add some photos of the process.  I hope it works!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Girls, Girls, Girls....It's all the Buzzzzz

Welcome to the neighborhood girls!! Time to get busy!! :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

RELOCATION PROCESS HAS BEGUN!

First, I apologize for being absent for so long - things have been a little hectic lately.  OK maybe A LOT hectic lately!  But I'm still here...catching up on my favorite blogs too!


See, we have just listed our "city" house.  Anyone who has sold a house knows what a daunting task getting our city house up for sale has been.  Lots of odds and ends, sprucing up, and loads of painting, painting and more painting.  Our realtor was optimistic that we would have an offer in 2 weeks but we just passed 2 weeks and nothing yet.  So fingers crossed - something happens soon.  The realtor is of the mindset that we are competing with new home construction and that is delaying our home sale.  We have managed to keep the house spic and span clean though...and thankfully the kids (and pets) are cooperating too.


Speaking of kids, our kids are all about ready to bolt from the nest too.  I can't believe it.  We had one just graduate from college and will be attending grad school in the Fall.  The oldest kid will be moving out into his own apartment with his girlfriend.  And, last but not least, my youngest, will be graduating from high school next week and starting his freshman year of college.  Empty nest is fast approaching!  I'm a little bummed about that but trying to embrace the plan we have developed of moving to the country.  There should be tons and tons to keep me busy and occupied!


We are super excited about relocating to the country and trying to carry out our plan accordingly.  Our farmhouse has been doing quite well.  Gardens are being maintained by my Uncle - watering and weeding take a lot of effort that's for sure.  He is doing an excellent job.  We have a smaller garden this year:  tomatoes, snow peas, green onions, onions, lettuce, radishes, bush beans, zucchini, watermelon, rhubarb, horseradish and garlic.  We also have blackberries, grapes, blueberries, apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees.  My herb garden is doing awesome too:  oregano, rosemary, lavender, basil, dill, parsley, catnip, etc.  So I'm happy as can be.


Don't forget about my bees...my bees died in the Spring this year.  We have a REALLY bad Winter - and we ordered bees late in the Winter and we still have not received them yet.  The place we ordered them from will not pick up their phone so I'm not sure when we will be getting the new ones.  I've heard there is a bee shortage this year...which is really sad.  Hopefully this week they will arrive.


My employer in Chicago has no idea that I am carrying out this relocation plan.  I didn't feel it was in my best interest to mention it to them quite yet.  I have no idea how long it is going to take to sell our house.  As soon as we close on the house I will be turning in my 2 weeks resignation.  I seriously cannot wait!  I am getting antsy - that's for sure!


So anyway - exciting things to come!!  Stay tuned, please.



Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bees were out today!!!

The bees were outside enjoying the 50 degree weather. It looked like they were cleaning out the dead bees and basically cleaning out the hive.




Can you see them??? They were busy little bees buzzing around stretching their wings! 

They will have to batten down the hatch - Winter is not over yet. Another snowy day is predicted for tomorrow. But it was nice to see them surviving the cold Winter.