Season’s Greetings

…the stocking is hung by the chicken coop with care… As Advent draws close to Christmas and the cold days keep us tucked inside the warmth of our homes with those we love, I am relishing my Christmas tree and the many ornaments tucked within the twinkling lights that represent my hobbies.  In the spirit of… Continue reading Season’s Greetings

Winter Solstice and Honey Bees

The winter solstice signals more than the first official day of winter.  In the natural world, animals use the changes in available daylight to signal their actions.   Eventually, longer daylight hours will signal song birds to sing more to attract mates and begin laying eggs and dormant plants to emerge and begin anew.  Remarkably, the winter solstice signals… Continue reading Winter Solstice and Honey Bees

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Winter has arrived in Maryland and we are all transitioning now to cold days and colder nights.  The chickens are handling it well, likely better than the humans I hear complaining about the cold only a few days into the true start of the season. Temperatures didn’t climb above freezing most of the week.  The… Continue reading Baby, it’s cold outside!