Eighteen hatching eggs have gone into the incubators today, meaning that in 21 days we should have some fluffy little chicks!
I love spring time — it's so full of potential and hatching our own new hens is one of the most exciting aspects of the new farming year.
We popped over to see Rawmarsh chicken breeder Pete yesterday to pick up the eggs and he was kind enough to show us round his allotment set up. I'm suffering from severe chicken envy now as he has some really lovely birds — however, I'm glad not to be his neighbour as he must have at least six cockerels!
We usually feed our bees on fondant in late winter. But when the queen start laying again they might need something more substantial. This year, from mid February, we have been trying 'Candipolline Gold' — a mix of pollen and sugars. They seem to have taken to it well and hopefully it will give them a good start to the season.