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Day 55! 20 TUs left!

Day 55! 20 TUs left! I took a light out yesterday and could see lots and lots of little 1" fish moving at the bottom. The instructions say that once the TU's are met, they will swim out when the water temp is over 45, it's 47-48, so they should be swimming out soon. I had to create a small damn in the creek to focus the water to go into the pipes.. Woohoo!


Salmon Egg update

Day 44, TU's counted: 1137. TU's left to go: 163
I can still see them swimming a little in the rocks. Getting close to the end. The weather is warming so that should speed things up.


2017 blackberries

Just a reminder to myself, the blackberries did not produce many berries in 2017.


Snow??? say what?

So woke up this am and there was a light layer of snow outside. It's melting fast, but it snowed. Really weird weather happening this year.


The salmon 'alvins' are hiding in the rocks

Day 21, TU 493:
Just checked the salmon, they are hiding in among the rocks at the bottom of the buckets. It's hard to get a photo, I had to get a focused flash light to be able to see them. Water temp has dropped to 40F due to the frost we have had the last 4 days. Stream water level has dropped 6" plus since the high point when we had rain.

Frost? Again?

Last Sat (2/10/2018), I woke to frost, since then, we've had frost in the mornings.


All the eggs are hatched!

All the eggs are hatched and I removed the egg baskets from the buckets. I'll see if I can get some pics of the new salmon spawn.

TU is 889, 411 left to go to swimming away.


99% of the eggs are hatched!

99% of the eggs are hatched, only a dozen or two to go. I expect they might be dead ones that have not turned white yet.

The TU count is at 831 as of this morning. At ~1300 they should be swimming away.


Time to feed the bees

I crushed/strained the honey frames that I pulled from the swarm hive.
I just added pollen patties to the hives, 1 to each.
The mouse moved back into the swarm hive, I need to get a mouse stopper.


Spring is on the way!

The frogs are croaking....


Lots hatched!

I guestimate that 2/3rd of the eggs are hatched. I moved the buckets back into the middle of the creek so they have a nice landing when they swim out.

Some pics:


Irish Red Ale started

L and I (mostly L, I was the cleaner), started a batch of Irish Red Ale using a recipe from Bader Brewing.
Their kit/recipe at Irish Red Ale.
Now we need to wait! Argh!

Day 11 - a lot more hatched!

Just checked the eggs, a lot more have hatched!
The temp of the water is 50F now. TU count is at 763.

The darker red spots are the salmon.


Salmon eggs Day 9

Day 9. 730 TUs logged, I see more empty egg cases floating around. And a few fry halfway out. I assume the rest have swum below the egg holder.


1st egg hatched

Day 7. 702 TUs logged, and I just saw the 1st salmon fry hatching.
I was worried because of the amount of silt getting into the buckets due to the rain.


Critter status update

The status of the assorted critters around the place.

  • Chickens
    • Down to 8 chickens
      • 2 older roosters, 1 newer rooster
      • 1 older hen
      • 1 mid hen
      • 3 new hens
  • Bees
    • Still have 2 active hives. I thought I had lost the swarm hive, I popped the top and a mouse had moved in. But I removed the top medium and saw a mass of bees, so I put the spacer on the 2nd box and put the sugar block back above the bees. I evicted the mouse and put an entrance reduce on the hive. I have 6 frames of capped honey to extract now.
  • Salmon eggs 
    • On day 5, total TU's so far is 672. The eggs need 725 TU's to hatch. Water temp has been around 46, so if the water temperature stays the same, they should hatch around day 9, Feb 1st.