The Chicken Coop Moves One Step Closer to Completion

The weather turned warm and sunny, allowing us to continue to work on our bee projects and our chicken coop. We are now ready if the bees come early. The coop needs more work.

Over the past couple of days, I finished caulking the chicken coop, I painted the rafters and fascia that will be exposed, and I finally put on the roof. The corrugated metal roof was much easier than dealing with asphalt shingles, and we wrapped it up in just a few hours.

I was surprised at how much cooler the coop was once the roof was erected. Not only does the metal provide shade, it reflects much of the light and heat out of the building.

chicken coop with roof
After installing the corrugated metal roofing, we hung the T1-11 siding. The panels are just temporary and will be taken down to be primed and painted.

I also cut and fitted three of the eight exterior T1-11 wall panels that will make up the walls of the chicken coop. I still have to finish the other five. However, I paused that work because I need to buy or build the nesting boxes and door before I can complete the walls. I have to incorporate a hatch in the wall so we can get the eggs out or clean out the laying boxes without opening the coop.

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A New Beekeepers Guide to Feeding Your Bees

You would not think twice about feeding your chickens, your goats, your pigs, and other livestock. Feeding your bees is important for hive health and honey production.

In the wild, bees manage without a kindly beekeeper feeding them.  Of course, no one is robbing their honey, except for the rare bear or other critter. 

You will find plenty of arguments online over whether you should feed your bees, when to do so, and what to feed them.  That decision is ultimately up to you. 

I consider my bees are a type of livestock, and I feed them when they are short on natural food, just as I would offer pasture-raised cows hay or other feed during the winter when the fields are covered in snow or the animals are locked in their barn due to the weather.

Because I believe my job as a beekeeper is to make sure my beehives are healthy and the colony can overwinter successfully, I feed them. It increases their survival rate, can boost hive size, and can ultimately increase your honey harvest.

My thoughts on what to feed, when, and how to feed your bees follow. Click on 2 learn about various foods, 3 to learn about feeders, and 4 for the four best times to feed your bees.

A New Beekeeper’s Guide to Setting Up Your First Beehive

Beehives in the field
Beehives in the field

If you’ve purchased a basic beekeeper kit or a beginning hive, congratulations!  This article will help you understand how to use and assemble the wooden Langstroth hives, which are the most common hive type in the U.S.

The components of a Langstroth hive should go together in a particular order, but since they are modular, a new beekeeper could conceivably get them out of order.  This guide will help you assembled your hive components in the correct order so that your hive is ready to receive and house bees.

This article is intended for someone who is just starting their beekeeping journey. It is a simple step-by-step guide to setting up your first beehive.

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