Pallet Project: Pig / Hog House

Pork Chop has been here for a bit, and it’s high time he got his own place. We go back to the old standby building material, pallets. This one is pretty quick and easy, assuming you have just a bit of scrap tin and 2x4s around, you’ll not spend much of anything on this.

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Gifts for Beekeepers and Homesteaders

It is that time of year. The time when so many people are struggling to come up with gift ideas for that special someone. Some people are easy to buy for, while others are rather difficult. If you have a beekeeper or homesteader on your list, there are options that are both affordable, and he/she will love them.Beekeeping supplies- For the beekeeper on your list, there are plenty of supplies and tools we use. Some are rather durable and don’t need regular replacing. Others tend to wear out or be used up. Continue reading

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Honey Bee Forage: Propagating Fruit Trees

Bees need food. In an effort to increase the size of our orchard, as well as increase the spring forage for our honey bees, we are giving a go at propagating fruit trees this fall.

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Product Review: Husqvarna 450 Rancher Chainsaw

I’ve had this saw for a few years. I do tend to baby it a bit, in that I try to wipe it down and keep it looking new every now and then. I generally use it for cutting firewood each year for myself and my mother in law, as well as general clearing around the homestead. I figured I have had it and used it enough I could justify a decent review of it.

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Applying Varroa Mite Treatment

Last week I showed you how to mix an oxalic acid varroa mite treatment. It was a rather simple process. I used the recipe by Randy Oliver. This week, I am applying the treatment. I left the shop towel in the Ziploc bag for the week. After opening it up, I found it to still be in great shape. Below is the video on how to apply this treatment. I only treated one hive, as I want to make sure the bees respond well to the treatment.

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Oxalic Acid Varroa Mite Treatment

I have gone back and forth on treating bees for mites. Part of me says not to treat, because bees don’t get treated in nature. The other part says to treat, since bees die off when in managed hives. I have officially placed myself on the treating side of the fence. Bees in nature are not managed. They don’t have humans going in and messing around with their honey, comb, etc. The very name “managed hives” means we should.. umm… manage them. Part of managing a hive is taking care of it, treating it for possible issues. This is how I am treating for the dreaded Varroa Mite. This is a video demonstration of how I read the Randy Oliver method to go.

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Fall Beekeeping: Fall Nectar Flow Hive Inspections

Today, we are taking a look at the hives while we are in the middle of our fall nectar flow. The goldenrod is out in force, and the bees are doing a fantastic job of turning that nectar into delicious honey. Also, you get a little peak at just how well the Swifter Hive Beetle Traps work.

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Two Minute Tip: How To Light a Bee Smoker

There are several commercial smoker fuels out there. Some folks have no problem spending cash on them, but I prefer to keep my cash for things that don’t burn right up. This is a cost effective and simple way to light a smoker.

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How To Install a Purple Martin Bird House

I had the opportunity, haha, to put up a purple martin house for my mother in law. It was a good trade… I got dinner, and a she gave me a pole to put up my own martin house. We recorded the process to post so folks could see a quick how-to video on putting one up. One thing I will say, be sure to dig that hole deep… it’s a big house going up, and it will catch some wind. ┬áCheck out the video below:

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Beekeeping Inspection for Winter: Will They Survive?

A recent video of a hive inspection. It is important to keep tabs on the resources each hive has you you head into winter. You want to be sure to leave enough honey in each hive so they don’t starve. Generally, bees make it through the beginnings of winter. It is usually the late winter/early spring when they will start to starve. This is because too often, beekeepers pull too much honey. Best to leave it for the bees… after all, it’s not like the honey will go bad, so you can pull it in the spring.

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