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Got a Swarm!

I’m so excited, because last night I just chanced to see a dark shape in a little oak tree in the field as I drove by, and instantly recognized it as a swarm of honeybees hanging from a branch. I … Continue reading

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Chickens in the Cold

Poor little cold chicken feet!  At 7:00 am it is 20 degrees outside. Yesterday was warmer, and when I went to refill the food and water I found their water feeder frozen solid.  Oops.  We were going out for the … Continue reading

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An Afternoon with the Honeybees

We lost three colonies of bees over the winter, so on Saturday we picked up “packages” of bees that were trucked up from Georgia.  We are bringing the count up to 5 colonies this year, to qualify for a Michigan program … Continue reading

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Springtime 2014 at Bluestem Pond

In less than a week, our pond has completely de-iced.  I got out there yesterday with a rake and pulled out old dried cattail leaves and a layer of algae mixed with fluffy cattail fuzz.  Things are looking good.  Only … Continue reading

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Golden! A Bonus Honey Crop

Can you believe it, our bees were so industrious this summer that we had to go back and steal another 7 gallons of honey so that they’d have room in the hive to store fresh honey from the armloads of … Continue reading

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Honey Crop Bottled Up

We’ve let our honey sit in 5-gallon buckets for about a week and the loose wax has floated to the top, so Joe bottled most of the honey in the bucket that has a convenient spicket at the bottom.  We … Continue reading

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Interesting “Cats”

Here are two surprising “Cat” facts on Bluestem Pond Farm. 1) Did you know how cattails grow?  This is the second year growth on the pond, and this year we are getting lots of the flowers of the cattail, from … Continue reading

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Bluestem Bees

I haven’t reported on our bees for a while.  Actually, they are doing very well in contrast to the horrifying reports of huge losses to so many other beekeepers.  I don’t really think it is our doing, maybe just good … Continue reading

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Bee’s Wax

We’ve kept bees for three seasons, now.  What I’ve found is that after a couple cycles of the bees raising their “brood” in the comb, it begins to turn brown, as opposed to the pretty pale yellow of freshly drawn … Continue reading

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