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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Talking Beekeeping with @628DirtRooster.

If you have perused the internet for any length of time looking for guys to learn beekeeping from, the name 628DirtRooster is likely familiar. I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings talking beekeeping. In case you … Continue reading

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How To Sharpen a Chainsaw: Husqvarna 450 Rancher

I needed to sharpen my chain on my Husqvarna 450 Rancher…. like really needed to sharpen it. It was feeling a bit dull a couple of weeks ago when I dropped an old walnut tree for my mother in law. … Continue reading

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Product Review: Harbor Freight Electric Log Splitter

I have a cool mother in law. Really, I do. She bought me a log splitter for Christmas last year. We discussed it, and we simply couldn’t justify the cost of a gas splitter at this point, so we went … Continue reading

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June Beehive Inspections

A quick look at the hives in the front apiary on the homestead. The weather was less than ideal, but I needed to get the inspection done. The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy were on the way.

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Pallet Project: Hen House

Once again, we break out one of our favorite building materials to create something we need on the homestead. Today, it is a chicken coop/hen house. This is actually the second rendition of a hen house we have made. The … Continue reading

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American Guinea Hogs: A Visit to J&J Acres

We had the opportunity to take a little drive south. About 3.5 hours or so that direction, you will find a nice little homestead/small farm by the name of J&J Acres. ┬áJared and his family have been doing the small … Continue reading

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