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Rooster Joe and his Happy hens give us 18 or more eggs per day.

Mucking out the Chicken Coop

We take advantage of the warmest day yet in February to catch up on homestead chores. It's no fun, but needs to be don
A frame of fall honey

Back to the Hives for one Last Honey Harvest

After a big honey harvest in late August, the bees surprised us and kept producing for another month. We got anther 50 pounds.
Lots of bees

Lots of Bees, Not Much Honey

I have plenty of bees, but little honey. We are all waiting for something to bloom besides wildflowers and clover so the honey flow can start.
A bee smoker

A Tough Year so far for Bees and Honey

The honey season is off to a slow start thanks to a cool and wet spring, but things are beginning to look up on the homestead.
Staining beehives to protect them from the weather.

Weird Weather Brings Beekeeping Challenges

The bees are keeping my buzzing as I real with queenless hives, new splits, a lack of nectar and strange weather patterns.
This frame pulled from my beehive shows brood in multiple stages. If you look carefully, you can see the eggs.

Working on my Farmer Tan and Splitting Bees

A long day spent int he bee yard getting stung and splitting hives, but we're nor done yet as we expand to seven hives.
A pile of dead bees on the grass

Bad Bee News in a Busy Week

Spring is usually a time of rebirth and young animals, but winter wasn't done with us. The recent cold snap caused death and destruction.
A fame of bees in early March

Making Sure my Bees are Prepped for Spring

The world may be heading towards war, but we still need to inspect the bees, feed the chickens, plan the garden and get ready for spring.
Bees bringing in pollen

No Blizzard for us! More Time for Chores

While bad weather seems to have cut a swatch from California to Minnesota, we escaped and the bees and I both used the time productively.
A hive full of bees in mid-February

My Bees Make an Early Winter Comeback

Our bees are off to a strong start thanks to warm weather. That could be good or it could be bad, but it definitely requires management.