A morning walk in the orchard revealed new blossoms and Mason bees swarming around the blooms!
A quick look in one of the Mason bee houses revealed that the bee cocoons had been hatched. We were a bit surprised as we did not have a lot of Mason bees last year and had already succumbed to buying more.
Someone is feeling pretty "tall" today!
Mornings on the farm are very quiet with Erik in school. 🙂 Harrison misses his "worm hunting" buddy and Remington misses his pogo sticking friend. On this morning Harrison worked on his drilling skills while Mom and Dad had coffee.
With the sun shining it was the perfect day to move the baby chicks to their coop.
The children cleaned out the coop and added new wood chips. The heat lamp is still being used as night temps still dip down and the chicks are not fully feathered.
One of Erik's favorite activities is collecting the chicken eggs every day. Now that the days are longer and the sunlight is brighter the chickens have been laying like crazy!
After school and swim practice we surprised Erik with yet another fun delivery via the post office.
Mason bees can be shipped during the winter months and then put into the bee houses to repopulate.
We have two Mason bee houses on the farm. This one is located near the orchard trees that line the farm and the other is by the garden.
We have stored these bees in the refrigerator since January. It took us about twenty minutes from opening the package to placing the cocoons in the trays and in that time one of Erik's bees had hatched!
As Mason bees do not produce honey they are not aggressive and do not sting. Here Erik is helping his hatched bee onto a blossom!
Erik lining up his cocoons on the tray.
Madeline's trays are ready for the house.
Remington concentrating on getting his cocoons on the tray and not into the pasture.
Katherine was "over" the mason bee release experience but I was still able to snap a picture!
After the Mason Bees were properly housed the children played tag in the llama pasture.
Nothing shows joy like Erik running through the fields!