Hive Inspection - Treated for mites and pulled honey

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Photo of hive inspection with hives broken apart
Photo of brood chamber with Apivar strip in place
Photo of honey deep for winter

In my full hive inspection today, I found a VERY healthy and happy hive. The two deeps and top honey super were very full of calm, hard working bees. Temperature was 72 degrees and overcast but the skies were bright. The bees were calm and left me alone ... until I started shaking them off the honey frames. Then I found myself in a frightful swirl of bees but no worries - I was fully protected.

I have not noticed much of a mite problem but I know they are there, so I treated with two strips of Apivar in the brood chamber. I will come back and remove those strips in early October.

Our new Barred Rock rooster

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Photo of SPANKY, the rooster

Meet SPANKY, our new rooster! Though we didn't raise him, he is sixteen weeks old, about a week younger than many of our hens. He has 21 female companions now and already, here is very protective. We just love him already! :)

We got him from a nice couple in Olalla, Washington. We are very grateful. :)

Monster Fennel

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Monster fennel

Bill Cosby's horrible crimes aside, he was a very funny and entertaining comedian back in the day. My favorite routine of his was always "The Chicken Heart that Ate New York."

Every time I walk out to my Crop Circle garden now, I think of that when I see this monstrous fennel. This picture doesn't do justice to the real scale of this thing. So now, I have my Fennel Plant that's Eating My Garden!

I can't help but take a pinch off of it every time I pass by. Keeps it in check. ;)

Buckets of cherries

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Photo of cherry bucket

Here in the Pacific Northwest, cherry trees are everywhere... And this time of year, there are thousands and thousands of cherries on each tree. I went out today to pick some cherries and got this large bucket full of just off of a couple of branches. Usually the birds and raccoons will have gotten them all, but this tree is such a prolific producer... There is always plenty left over!

First 'Tween' Egg!

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Photo of little egg

As anyone who raises chickens will tell you, no watched pot takes longer to boil than one watched while waiting for young pullets to lay their first egg! Generally, chickens come into lay at about 20 weeks.

Our 'Tweens' started laying today, at 18 and a half weeks. These are ISA Brown pullets that we got last February. We all them 'Tweens' because we have chickens that are much older and another batch of pullets that are five weeks younger.