Just last week, warm spring weather coaxed us outside in short sleeves and high spirits for several days, hinting at what’s to come. Honey bees were flying, busily collecting water, pollen and early nectar. My queen was laying lots of eggs in anticipation of the spring nectar flow and I even spotted two drones wandering inside… Continue reading March Nor’Easter?!
While the wind gusts outside and temperatures are still keeping us bundled up, we have turned a corner in mid February; spring is imminent once again. At the Winter Solstice, honey bees began anew, those surviving the winter thus far coaxing their queen to begin laying eggs in preparation of the anticipated spring nectar flow. While seemingly far away… Continue reading For the Love…of Chickens, Honey Bees and Gardening
Another 58 degree day in late January here on the East Coast was a welcome reprieve that saw honey bees flying and chickens clamoring to get out after being cooped up from days of rain. When the rain stopped, I let the girls out a bit, their run being so muddy from all of the rain… Continue reading Close Encounters (with Chickens, Hawks and Honey Bees)
One of the things I love to make at home is yogurt. When my good friend who makes the most wonderful foods from scratch first told me that she did this, I was impressed with such an effort but immediately ruled it out for myself because I assumed it was too much work. Even when… Continue reading Homemade Yogurt
The first accumulating snow in our area arrived yesterday morning. As the sun crept up, the brightness of the snow in the early morning’s light must have intrigued the chickens as they waited to be let out of the coop. I was anxious to see their reaction to their first real snow interaction. The forecast called… Continue reading Snow Birds
…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 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!