Author Archives: jkmcintyre

Feeding them Fodder, Slipping them Sprouts

I have been feeding our chickens sprouted grains now for a few weeks.  They are definitely a hit, but it’s not quite what I was expecting. I bought two 50# bags of grain: one barley, one oats.  The barley sprouts … Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Bees

Old combs will be recycled
Old combs will be recycled

After the swarm moved into the hive we had ready for the new packaged bees, I had one day to scrounge a suitable replacement. Luckily we had the empty hive from the first die-off in 2014. But it needed some love. Continue reading

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Swarm!

Two days before our package arrived, a swarm moved into the hive!   Bees had been checking out the hive for weeks, but it looked like they were just robbing the remaining honey. I stopped thinking it was scouts looking … Continue reading

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God Bless the Little Children

The rental house south of us has a large back porch on the second floor that overlooks our chicken yard. Maymay grew up with our chickens – her little voice learning to say ‘Chicken!’ as she watched them from the … Continue reading

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