Silly Guinea Fowl

20 Aug

I’ve noticed that chickens have a pretty good sense of spatial relationships. There are two pop holes in our hen house, and the chickens have no problem figuring out that they can use either of them to get in and out. Not the guineas. Whichever door she exits through in the morning becomes, in her mind, the only one that she can use for the rest of the day. If that door happens to be closed when she’s ready to roost for the evening, she’ll sit outside forlornly looking at the other open door.

Silly guineas.

What’s a Nuc For?

21 May

In my last post, I suggested a function-based approach to identifying nucleus colonies (nucs). Rather than worrying about how big a colony is to determine whether it is a nuc, I define a nuc as a colony of honey bees … Read More »

What’s In a Nuc?

21 May

Every beekeeper should maintain a few nucleus colonies (“nucs” for short) in the bee yard at all times. I tend to keep anywhere from five to twenty nucs in my bee yard and I find them enormously useful. A lot … Read More »

Chicken Feed

1 Apr

Would somebody please explain why I find this advice plastered all over the internet? “Table scraps are, at best, junk food for your chickens. Scraps should be offered sparingly as an occasional extra-special treat, and the chicken’s primary nutritional requirements … Read More »