This hen hid herself way back, under the stairs in the barn in order to hatch out a brood of chicks. We keep bantam hens around just for that very purpose – they tend to go broody at the drop of a hat! They hatch indiscriminately – some have even been known to set on turkey eggs – and they can cover more eggs than their small size seems to allow. Our record is a tiny little hen (at about 3.5 lbs) who hatched out 13 chicks last year!
Glenn came across this gorgeous painted turtle hanging out by the pond. It has been a great year for spotting snakes, turtles, toads and frogs. It’s a promising sign of a healthy ecosystem.
Most of June we’ve been busilly making hay. It’s gruelling work, but we’ve been lucky to have some consistant and willing help. There’s nothing more satisifying than to watch the loft slowly filling with fragrant hay bales. The critters will be happy come winter for our hard work!
This time of year is very busy – succession plantings, weeding, watering, haying and a million other little things that come up in between. Summer is well and truly here – hope you are enjoying it!