For our second entry on the assembly of a top bar hive, click here. We are getting bees this spring and we have decided to go with top bar hives to keep our bees. After a lot of research and a great talk by Christy Hemenway of The Thinking Beekeeper, it has become pretty clear … More Why a Top Bar Hive?
This is part two of a series on ordering and caring for chicks. For part one, click here. So the post office, a friend or the feed store calls and says that your chicks are peeping away wanting to be picked up. What do you need to have ready before you can bring them home? … More When Your Spring Chicks Arrive
This is the first in a two part series about the processing of ordering and getting baby chicks. Baby chicks are one of the most exciting parts of spring! Depending on your location you may be looking to get chicks any time between now and June. There are a lot of things to consider before … More Ordering Spring Chicks
With four feet of snow building up, it’s certain to be a long, wet spring. The homestead is expanding, and we are getting ready for a lot of projects and new plants and animals coming to our farm. Our first major change will be with the garden beds. The front bed, which is fairly shaded, … More Looking Forward to Spring
Geese are a versatile addition to any homestead, but they certainly haven’t been as popular in the homestead movement as goats, chickens, pigs, or ducks. This is mostly because people have a lot of negative associations with geese, and often a bad experience with an aggressive goose in their past. Geese are protective but no … More Geese on the Farm