|Cornish X Meat Birds|
|Cornish X Meat Chicks|
|A Couple weeks ago when they were still small|
|Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys|
|Petunia (with half horn), Lillie|
BEES - We are doing two hives worth of bees this year. We bought one hive of our own and we're borrowing one from our friends who taught us how to bee keep last year. We're keeping them in our area this year rather than transporting them half way through the year. This may delay them a little as we are a couple weeks behind Manley Hot Springs when it comes to blooming flowers. So far they seem to be doing well and I think that we have done a pretty good job of remembering what we learned from last year. If it is even close to the success of last year per hive I will be thrilled. I just wish that we could figure out a way to over winter them as I hate the idea of having to kill them off in the fall. We have a couple of ideas and if we do end up with a high tunnel we may attempt to over winter at least one hive this year.
We are still doing Homeschool but we are winding down for the year. Since we have more time in the winter we tend to blow through the years curriculum pretty fast. It's nice when this time of year rolls around because we can be more flexible. My step dad who was a gymnastics coach in AZ comes over on Thurdays to do tumbling with the kids. He also teaches tumbling at the Manley Hot Springs school as well as driving the school bus. This is also a great time of year for science on the homestead. Growing things babies being born or hatched. The spring thaw, and birds returning from migration. So much to see and learn.
|Lisa doing a back bend|
Ken took a black bear this year with Rugger Super Red Hawk 44 handgun. He shot the bear from his stand with 1 shot through the chest. The bear ran 100 yard and dropped. It was a very humane kill. He was a very large bear. He had a hard time getting him into the back of the Big Boss to get him home. He got home around 11pm and woke us all up so we could go and see.
|Ken's Black Bear|
|Wyatt looking at Daddies Bear|
|Ken cutting, Wyatt picking off any hairs and Oak watching|
|Packs of Ground Bear Burger|
|Kids helping grind the meat|
Over all it was a long process but the end result was well worth it. The meat is very good. We've been eating Bear burgers, meatloaf, spaghetti, meat ball subs, bear and rice, etc etc etc..... I have found that Bear meat goes very well with Italian seasoning. It is also a little on the greasy side which is a drastic change from the very dry Moose meat.
|Bear meatloaf topped with cheese and ranchy broccoli|
Well that's the most recent news here. I'm going to get back to getting busy. I have starts to transplant, school to do, and animal chores. Maybe I can even get done in time to relax for a minute. HA HA HA HA ;)
Isaiah 41:17-21 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.