When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 2

As I shared in When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 1, things can go wrong with your chickens with little warning.  Having emergency supplies like gloves, antiseptic and temporary housing at the ready can make a big difference in aiding your chickens.  But sometimes, it’s not enough. Friday morning, I let the girls out… Continue reading When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 2

When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 1

In my research before getting my chickies, I recall reading about the importance of having emergency supplies on hand in the event that something goes wrong, because when dealing with animals, things happen.   I assembled a sundry of supplies to keep in my storage shed for just such emergencies, hoping that by keeping them… Continue reading When Things Go Wrong: Chicken Infirmary, Part 1

Honey Bee Forage Sources in Maryland

We watched our girls visit early bloomers like winter aconite, crocus, and hellebores, grateful for these food sources while we wait for the warmer temperatures needed to wake up more pollen and nectar-rich plants.  April is now upon us with promises of rising temperatures, sunny skies and rain to help in the cause.  These warmer… Continue reading Honey Bee Forage Sources in Maryland

Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

These cold winter days don’t allow for much gardening time.   Like many of you, I’ve been considering the possibilities that spring planting offers lately, particularly as seed catalogs pile up and lure me into their pages with colorful spreads of summer’s bounty.  Last week, it was warm enough for bees to fly.  I went out… Continue reading Vegetable Gardening for Honey Bees

Winter Bee Food Sources

As I write this just before Christmas, we’ve had snow three times already this winter. Cold enough for snow means honey bees are clustered deep within their hive bodies, diligently working to sustain their lineage via regulating temperature, caring for the queen and raising limited brood, all the while eating through their honey stores. The… Continue reading Winter Bee Food Sources

Fall Planting for Honey Bees

Fall planting can begin now, in August while it’s really hot and humid.  That’s because now is the time to take stock of what is feeding your honey bees during the nectar dearth.   This time of the year, the abundance of nectar rich spring and summer bloomers have past their prime.  If your bees… Continue reading Fall Planting for Honey Bees

The Less Pleasant Side of Modern Beekeeping: Varroa Mite Management

The excitement of the honey harvest past me, I’ve turned my attention to Varroa mites.  I performed sugar rolls utilizing the handy kit from the Bee Squad mid July. I knew my hives had mites; all of our hives have mites. I wanted a baseline number and a push to choose a treatment because I… Continue reading The Less Pleasant Side of Modern Beekeeping: Varroa Mite Management