Several weeks ago, we captured a wild honey bee swarm and brought it home (see Wild Bee Capture) – it’s the first hive in the picture below.
Because it’s early fall, we’re concerned that this hive won’t be strong enough to make it through the winter, so we decided to add bees and brood to the hive by “papering in” a brood super taken from a stronger hive (the one on the far end in the picture above).
To survive winter in Northeast Ohio, a hive needs to be around 35,000 bees strong now and have about 70 pounds of honey stored away. To give the [...]
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The idea of buying wrapping paper, wrapping gifts in it, opening the gifts, and throwing the wrapping paper out drives me crazy - it’s just so wasteful. During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. So, last year we started using fabric gift bags (see Green Gift Bags and the picture at right) and this year we added Furoshiki gift wrapping. Furoshiki is the Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth – that you can reuse rather than throw away. In addition to using fabric for wrapping gifts this year, I also cut the tags [...]
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On Thursday, we got 30 Buckeye peeps (they actually hatched last Sunday), and put them in a brooder in the barn. We’ve waited along time for these Buckeyes (see Buckeye Chickens)!
The brooder is actually made from a TV armoire we found sitting beside the road, waiting to be hauled off as trash (yes, we asked before we took it!). We took the shelves and drawers out, and set it with the back on the ground – just perfect for a little brooder. For the first two days, we put the chicks on paper towels so they’d learn where their food was [...]
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