It has been a busy spring so far and we are getting started on a lot of projects that will carry through the summer months. As I’m sure you’ve seen we did have our first colony of honey bees arrive over a week ago and installed them into our top bar hive. The bees are … More Goings on Around the Farm
For how to install bees into a top bar beehive, please take a look at our first posting here. Making sure that your bees have easy access to the right food is critical to how your hive will settle in and enjoy their new home. New bees will eat a 1:1 sugar and water mixture. … More Feeding Bees in a Top Bar Hive
Do you know what it means when your hen is a grumpy ball of feathers refusing to leave her nest? That’s a broody chicken. A hen who gets the broody bug will complain if moved and quickly hustle back to sit on the nest (even without eggs), and bully the other chickens out of the … More What’s Broody Chicken?
Our bees have finally arrived! Thankfully, installing bees is an easy and simple task, so if you have a hive putting the bees into it should be a breeze. Believe it or not, bees usually ship through the US Postal service. They will arrive to you in a wood and wire box, in a large … More Installing Bees in a Top Bar Hive
Spring chickens got you overrun with eggs? There’s a lot more cooking options with eggs than the regular fried or scrambled varieties. If you hard boil a batch of eggs they will keep about a week, and you can hard boil an egg that is up to a month old. You can also make more … More What To Do With Too Many Eggs
A coworker of mine is getting chicks this spring and brought me a list of chicken care questions that I thought I’d post up here. I have found a lot of posts online about specific topics, but I think the below list for basic starter questions might be particularly helpful for someone just starting chicken keeping. How … More 12 Questions Before Your Chickens Arrive
Have you been intrigued by the top bar hive build? I was fortunate enough to get a time-lapse video of the building process to post on here. Many thanks to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and my father for permission to use the video and the use of his time and shop, and to Dalton Paley and Handbuilt … More Top Bar Hive Build