This time of year the carpenter bees are everywhere. In the past two years I’ve had ‘Bee Gone’ insecticide applied, but I could still see bee activity. This year I’m going a different route by putting up traps. After two days they seem to work pretty well, I’ve order three more so I can have them on all sides of the house.
The four guineas have been busy this spring. They’ve laid a total of 23 eggs in the barn. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the hen(s) to sit on them, in fact they laid them in random places all over the coop. After about two weeks I took all of them and put them in an incubator, we’ll find out soon enough if they are fertile, they should hatch around the 20th of May.
Purchased a whole load of fish from a Zetts up in West Virginia, the containers took up the entire trailer and pickup truck. The fish included:
- Large mouth bass
- Blue gill
- Yellow perch
- Channel catfish
- Fathead minnows
- Giant tadpoles
- Large snails
- Daphnia – water fleas
Maddy & Patrick helped me spread them around the pond. Keeping fingers crossed that they will take.
It was much easier driving in then getting out, even with my new 4wd pickup.
Great to spend some time with the kids. Emily’s boyfriend Erik ended up snagging a buck!
Great time with the brothers, although we were ‘skunked’.
And were almost immediately decimated by predators! I installed an door on the coop controlled by an electronic eye, open at dawn, closed at sunset. Unfortunately the guineas left the coop but never came back! Worse then that, they didn’t roost in the trees, but on the ground! By the time I got back down there I could only rescue 4 of the 12+ guineas! I locked them in the coop after this disaster to rethink how to get them to free range but return to the safety of the coop at night.