The color of honey changes with the summer and the bees available nectar sources. If you look at the jar on the left it is lighter in color. The jar on the right was collected a couple of days ago and notice the color, more darker and also a little bit thicker too! Even the taste ranges as well. I am really looking forward to the early September final harvest to see what color it is!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
The apiary sits on a hill just next to the garden and greenhouse. We have gardens planted with various flowers that attract them and provide them with a lot of pollen as well as neighboring yards. The storage bin is an essential part for keeping this and that. If you look closely each hive has a couple of cinder blocks for the smoker and tool placement.
This picture shows some of the space that they have not quite filled in yet. There are queen excluders to keep her down below so only honey is stored in these cells. I am trully excited about our bees this year, we will not only be offering honey for sale, but also lip balms, bee pollen, beeswax ornaments and comb honey!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
What do you do when you discover your chicken has been pecked beyond just feathers but down to the skin and you don"t have any bandaging material handy? You improvise! I am a Wildlife Rehabilitator by trade so I am used to having to use what I have, so I whipped out the peroxide, bandaging tape, anti-biotic cream and a Maxi Pad! First step was to clean up her deep and mean wounds and then make a make shift bandage. I will be researching how to make a "Chicken Dress" for her, I have seen these for hens who are favored by the rooster. In her case she is a chicken I took in a few years ago that was found wondering the streets in Waterbury. She is picked on by everyone, but she is the sweetest thing. When I returned her to the coop they were all afraid of her make shift "Chicken Dress"! So I guess "Sherry Lynn" Wins!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I was able to harvest some honey last week. Notice the light yellow color of the summers first harvest and it tastes so good too! The way it looks we should have a very bountiful honey harvest this year!