1 What an adorable little handful!
2 This is Traci Torres - Chief Eggsecutive Officer of My Pet Chicken - and her sweet daughter, Ellie.
3 Traci brought a delivery of 63 mixed-breed chicks, which Chhiring brought into the chicken coop.
4 An attractive tote bag with Traci's logo
5 It was Friday, which means that the hen houses had just been cleaned and dressed with new wood shavings.
6 The third hen house had been prepared for the baby chicks. These interlocking cardboard panels, which form the chick 'house' are available at My Pet Chicken. http://www.mypetchicken.com/default.aspx
7 Infrared heat lamps provide cozy warmth, but the red color is a bonus - it helps prevent chicks from picking at one another and also makes it easier for them to sleep.
8 Slowly opening the box
9 Chhiring is careful not to startle these precious babies.
10 What beautiful and healthy baby chicks!
11 With a normal hatchling delivery, you dip each chick's beak into water to teach them how to drink.
12 Chhiring began the dipping process.
13 Traci told Chhiring that these chicks had been in her care for a couple of days and already knew how to drink and eat.
14 Indeed they did!
15 Here they are only minutes in their new home looking very comfortable.
16 Adorable little peeps!
17 Traci also brought a seed mix called Chicken Salad, which are greens that chickens love to eat.
18 Chicken Salad is a mix of dwarf Essex rape, purple top turnip, Bracco white mustard, forage kale, and Landino clover.
19 You can plant the Chicken Salad mix in a protected area and allow your chickens to graze upon it once the plants are established.
20 Or you can grow it in your vegetable garden, like Ryan is, and clip the greens for your flock.
21 Meanwhile, at the honeybees' new location....
22 The new installment of bees also appear to be strong and active.
23 D.J. Haverkamp of Bedford Bee Honeybee Service is teaching Carlos about beekeeping. They were going to open each hive to check on the new queens. The queens spend about one week in a little cage inside the hive, where she is protected.
24 Once her scent becomes familiar to the bees in the hive, she can safely enter as their queen. Without this precaution, she would be assumed an intruder and be killed.
25 The heavy stone and the lid are removed, revealing the the hive top feeder, which holds sugar syrup. When consumed, the syrup stimulates the bees' wax glands so they can make new comb.
26 Beneath the hive top feeder is the hive body, where the frames are located.
27 The queen cage had been hung between two of the frames. Carlos lifted out the cage, which was covered with bees.
28 When the bees were tapped off, it was discovered that the 'candy' plug had been eaten allowing the queen to enter her hive queendom.
29 D.J. lifted out a frame and was very happy with what he saw. The bees are actively making honeycomb, building upon the frame's foundation.
30 And the large dark-bodied bee is the queen, busy laying eggs for a future brood.
31 In the second hive, the queen was still in her cage and D.J. decided to poke through the 'candy' plug.
32 He felt her scent was familiar after being there for a week and safely placed her into the hive.
33 After removing the queen cage, it's important to reposition all of the frames so that they rest right up against one another.
34 If this is not done, the bees make something called burr comb in all that extra space. D.J. removed a piece of burr comb in the space where the queen cage had been.
35 A better look at the burr comb
36 When the frames are pushed altogether, a final frame is placed in the hive body and the hive is put back together.
37 Below the stable is the allee of linden. The little house-looking structure was placed in the blue garden by my TV crew.
38 Behind a plexi-glass window sits a video camera, set on a time lapse mode, to record the blue-flowering bulbs as they emerge and bloom.
39 I decided this was the place for those nine boxwood shrubs, after all.
40 Chhiring, Pete, and Chhewang have been busy topdressing and seeding the grassy area outside the farm along the road.
41 In the greenhouse, many vegetable seedlings are growing beautifully.
42 Including those flats of tomato seedlings that were planted just a week and a half ago.
43 In the head house, Ryan has been applying a special fertilizer mixture to all of the seedlings.
44 More plants hardening off outside in preparation for placement in the garden