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Here are the first three, one pound bottles of honey from our farm. It's been a long time coming! Last winter, in the dead of winter actually, I was in the living room assembling our first hive bodies. I was dreaming about having busy bees in them, making honey for us all to enjoy. Well, the bees did a great job in their first summer and we have our first honey. Our harvest was limited to about 60 pounds, but I was expecting NO honey in the first year. Can't wait for 2014 season already.. Sweet dreams everyone!
I remember when we used to go out to the chicken coop with a cute little red basket like they sell at the local feed store. You know, the kind that holds a couple of dozen eggs. These days we're bringing out the big bucket, collecting dozens of beautiful brown eggs at a time, with a few white and even some BLUE eggs thrown in for color. Got eggs? We do. Be sure to check your local store or stop by and see us to pick up a dozen. - John & Nancy
I heard the girls in the yard making quite a ruckus this morning. Not the same sound that they make when a fox or other predator is around, but noisy! Here's what all the fuss was about. West Virginia, Wild & Wonderful!!
I checked all four hives yesterday morning. All seemed well even though I did not see any of my marked queens. One hive had a larger then usual (I think) number of drones, which could indicate a problem with the queen. Hopefully the weather will cooperate next weekend and I can do another full inspection.
Here's a snapshot of me pouring a "3 lb package" of bees into the top of a new hive. Despite my inexperience, the bees are thriving and no one was stung! Below is a video of the entire process on another one of the hives. By the time I finished the fourth hive I was feeling like an expert. I have a lot to learn, but we're off to a good start. Today I checked all four hives. The queen cages were all empty and I was able to locate the queens in all four hives (thanks to the company that marks them with iridescent paint). The fourth hive had so many bees in it I added another brood chamber already.
Things are HUMMING right along. Enjoy the video. -John
Bzzz from the back seat!
This is what it looks like when you put 40,000 live bees in your backseat. The drive from Weston to my house was rather busy inside the truck. You may notice that there are a LOT of bees on the OUTSIDE of the cages!
After months of preparation our first four bee hives are in the yard! I m starting with just the lower brood chamber for the introduction of the bees to the new hives, we'll add more as they build new comb later in the Spring. Tomorrow I'll remove the rocks and put some mulch around the base where the weed barrier is.
Baby chicks, fresh from the incubator this morning! This batch is already spoken for, but if you want chickens let us know. Have a great weekend. - John & Nancy
It's a beautiful Spring morning at Lazy Bee Farm! This is the view from my bedroom window. Happy chickens and tilled gardens ready to sow. Have a great day!
We have 32 - one day old chicks for sale. Born on March 30th, just in time for Easter! The mothers are a mix of New Hampshire Reds, Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, Black Sexlinks and White Leghorns. All of these are great dual purpose breeds, good layers and excellent meat birds. Available for pickup this Friday, April 5th. $1.50 each. Call us at 269-0123 for more information or to make your purchase.