Honey time

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Here is a picture of some of the honey supers stacked up after the honey has been extracted from them. I leave them out and the bees find them and pretty quickly clean up the last dregs of honey that are left in the supers.

Posted on December 14th 2013 in Honeybees

Remember Spring?

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A bit cold outside so I thought I would add a nice green springtime Pic. In late August of 2011 we applied winter rye into growing soybeans. The rye took root and began to grow and then went dormant in the fall. In the spring of 2012 the rye began growing again. On May 8th it looked like this. The rye does not interfere with the soybeans the year before and then aids soil microbial activity in the winter/spring and finally provides biomass when it is incorporated into the soil.

Posted on December 30th 2012 in Farming

Renegade Hen

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Every once in awhile a hen will just become dead set on laying eggs in a secret spot and avoiding the laying barn altogether. Occasionally I lock the birds up for a couple of days to keep them laying where they are supposed to.

However, when a hen is determined she will avoid being locked up and succed in raising a clutch of eggs. This one was earlier in the spring. I thought of it because she did it again and is raising a second batch.

Posted on August 26th 2012 in Farming

Joys of summer

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You can’t beat raking hay in the summer. The fragrance of fresh hay, the Karl Kuerner like images of windrows against the backdrop of tree covered hills. And most importantly finding a patch of ripening blackcaps! I could pick a bunch to bring home and let others enjoy them….but I never do.

Posted on July 8th 2012 in Farming

Swarm time

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Honeybees swarm when the colony becomes crowded. They create what is called a swarm cell, which is a cell producing a new queen, and a few days before it hatches the old queen and about 1/2 of the bees take leave of the colony. In this case the swarm stopped over on a tree outside the house and I was able to capture it and use it to start a new colony.

Posted on July 6th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

First chicks of the year

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Received the first shipment of chicks on monday. Got them settled in with a non-medicated starter ration and water. They actually received a live virus coccidiosis vaccine prior to being shipped which precludes giving them any medication. The vaccine was administered by sending the chicks through a spray cabinet which doses the chicks with the vaccine mixed with a dye. The dye encourages preening behaviour which results in the chicks ingesting the vaccine.

Posted on May 5th 2012 in Farming

A little slice of Nature

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Working land for Gary behind the Silver Creek Reservoir in Haverhill Township I stopped and snapped this photo. In the foreground on the water are a couple clutches of ducks. Pretty impressive how a flood control structure can add a little slice of nature in the otherwise agrarian landscape.

Posted on April 30th 2012 in Farming

984. 2012 calving season has commenced

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New 2012 calf

New 2012 calf hiding behind mama cow.

First new calves have come in now. Calves are born on grass and will stay on pasture with the cows until after corn harvest when thay are turned into the cornstalk fields for Fall grazing. By calving on grass I have no need to treat calves with any antibiotic to treat or prevent scours. A common type of bacterial infection that often afflicts calves born earlier in the winter.

Posted on April 13th 2012 in Farming

985. Chicken Blowout

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New chicks are coming soon and we still have a few 2011 production fryers in the freezer. We will sell them for $2.00/lb until they are gone. The birds were raised without antibiotics and were finished on grass and allowed to range.

Posted on April 11th 2012 in Farming

987. Spring is here

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Lambing started. The ewes will lamb inside and then in April I will move the ewes and lambs to a grass pasture. For a day or 2 the lambs are confined with the ewes in a small pen then they get moved to a group and then as the lambs are older they move outside.

Posted on March 20th 2012 in Farming