Monday, October 19, 2009

GOATS ENJOYING A FINE FALL










The Black Hills Pack Goats have been enjoying an especially sanguine fall season. Can you tell? Custer decided to convert a feed trough to his private lounge. Harney even snuggled up to Custer for an afternoon nap.  And, of course, Custer had to pose for a glamour portrait to use in press releases to his fans.






Saturday, October 10, 2009

WINTERIZING A FIRST-YEAR HONEY BEE HIVE

Added 2" styrofoam temp insulation on three sides, 3/8" thick mouse guard with 3/8" holes on bottom entrance, and new top entrance with 3/8" spanning entire front width. All this for first wintering of new hive and newbee beek. Please comment and advise. Thank you. -Lee


Monday, October 5, 2009

CAN THIS KITTY HANDLE A BARN MOUSE?




The new barn kitty starts the day going for one wounded chicken, then two hours later taking on an entire flock of wild turkey. Look close to see the incredulous deer watching this new predator unleashed on the forest. This might be a good time for our barn mice to seek alternate housing arrangements.

Friday, October 2, 2009

HAY FEVER

Always something new at Ten Green Acres in The Black Hills of South Dakota. We got a new barn-kitty/mouser from the animal shelter. So...we needed to build a hay barn for him. All the while the Black Hills Pack Goats were certain it was all about them, stocking in supplies for their winter pantry. Whoofda. It was all about me, getting a live-in farm hand who never calls in sick. See the video and watch all three plots unfold...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

LEE'Z B'Z HOLD AN OPEN-HOUSE





I have opened the hive for quick checks several times, but by the four-month mark, it was time to do a detailed walk-through of the ladies' four story home. It was also time to make some decisions in preparation for the coming winter. Since I'm a newbee, I'm still processing what was inside. But anyway here's a photo record of what the ladies have been doing inside the past four months.





This is the #2 Frame in newest (second) super.
















#5 Frame in 3-Month (Upper) Deep







#7 Frame in (oldest) 4-Month (Lower) Deep







Looking in to The Abyss.
Middle of the lowest hive box.



What IS that Monster ? !





It's not easy re-assembling a hive when
10,000 of its inhabitants are angrily seeking
an opening in your clothing to sting to the death.