Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Swarming Bees

Bees seem to be doing well this year. It was a really big deal that one hive survived the harsh Winter.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been dealing with one swarm after another.  My husband keeps going in and cleaning out burr comb and queen cells to try and reduce the swarming. I guess nature has something else in mind.
Surprisingly the last two swarms my husband caught seem to be doing well. We might be adding a third hive to the other two.
If you look at the photo you can see the swarm box used to catch a swarm of bees. We have a couple of frames in there and they are going in and out doing there thing.
I need to get a video of swarm catching.  As you can imagine it is quite exciting!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Well the baby chicks were born on Mother's Day! I was SO eggcited!  LOL. Out of the 12 we had in the incubator - 8 hatched so from what I read that was pretty average. See photos below - the chicks are all cute and fluffy right now.

The chicks are all snug as a bug under the heat lamp in their new home separated from the big chickens. Dipped each of their beaks in water and food and they went to town eating and drinking. So far so good.

It's been a couple of crazy days around here. As the eggs were hatching we also had our bees swarming. That story will be in my next post! Let's just say we spent a good portion of the day trapping swarms.

Life is GOOD!