I've already shared a little about our bees and catching a swarm. so this is a kind of update but a lot has changed since the season started. We have now collected a second swarm and we are experimenting with three different kinds of hives. I thought I would journal some of our learning curves.
As far as our other hives are concerned we have had a lot to think…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:00pm
Growing rabbits for meat is a very productive enterprise. When our children were small we lived in a small town, on a small property and we decided to experiment with growing NZ White rabbits for meat. It was a great way to put meat on the table for a…Continue
Posted on October 21, 2011 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments
We started off with two langstroth hives. That is what the beekeepers say to do. You can monitor the hives and compare them and you soon know if one is doing better than the other. We were late gettting going into the season last year and bought the hives and nucs middle of October. At the end of the season we were please with the 20-30 kilos of honey, even if we had…Continue
Posted on October 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments
So many books and so many different ideas. I try to read the books for information that is sensible. I love organic books, permaculture books etc, but the truth is I haven't got the time or energy to worry about the cycles of the moon or burying things into the ground I just want to grow fruit and vegetables. Whether or not there is a scientific base to half of what I have read over the years I don't know... There is a vast array of ideas and concepts in books, some more scientific that…Continue
Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments
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I am looking for NZ white rabbits to raise for meat. Are you still raising rabbits? and interested in selling any?
Thanx for clearing that up for me love :) Think ill stick to chickens and lambs.
p.s Your swarm photo is awesome.
Hi Katherine, this may be a silly question...do your rabbits stay in the cages in the coup or do you open the cages and let them into the coup area?
hi Katherine, Great photo of the swarm collection. I m feeling pretty excited about the bees. I've got a friend that is a commercial bee keeper who i can go along with now and then, but I'm keen to meet as many people keeping bees as possible. Are you going to create an artificial swarm from your langstroth and have more hives or convert? I don't know any one with a top bar hive yet. You are welcome to come by and see the one I made. I had already caught the swarm when I was building the hive, So was a bit rushed, I think I'll build another with an observation window. All the best Niki