A friend gave us some bantam hens she no longer wanted. She said they are good broody hens and she was right. After 22 days of ownership, we have chicks hatching under these hens. I have 3 broody hens that are all about to hatch this week. I also have incubator chicks and ducks due to hatch in 2 weeks. Very exciting to have new life on the farm.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.