Author Archives: jkmcintyre

Definitely Dead

The Carny hive, suspected of demise (and then a spark of hope), is now, finally, dead. Here is what I found: Of 23 top bars drawn out with comb, bars 13-19 were heavy with honey. Dead bees littered the floor … Continue reading

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Hive Alive!

It’s still too chilly out to do a full hive inspection, but experienced beekeepers are easing our fears of calamitous collapse in our Carniolan hive. Last week when I wrote to Christine, our neighbourhood beek captain, she immediately assuaged my … Continue reading

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A cry for honeybee help

What do you do with dead bees? I don’t mean the steady trickle of bees who have lived out their useful lives. I mean couches of bees in fungal shrouds. The ‘uh-oh, my bees are dying’ kind of dead bees. … Continue reading

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Neem oil to control chicken lice – a.k.a. I am such a geek

Yesterday was sunny and ‘warm’ (45 F), so rather than watch the Superbowl, we treated our chickens for lice. After talking with fellow members of the Seattle Farm Co-op, I opted for the soapy bath with neem oil treatment in … Continue reading

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