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In 2006 I bought 50 beehives. Life happened and I was forced to abandon the project. In March 2015 I began again with the 3 surviving hives. Now I am trying to move from a Clueless Beekeeping Novice with 3 hives to Professional Beekeeper. So with that in mind, I will share my adventure, my…

Building Beehives – Time is Money

Beehives beg to be built from scarp lumber. With the outside dimensions of 16-1/4 x 19-7/8, even seemingly useless construction scarps can be used. This year, I plan to make a Vlog series on how to start beekeeping for zero dollars. I have built hives from old pallets. When people hear that, they immediately start…

Lessons learned harvesting my first goose.

Let me start with how it all went down. I didn’t mean to name the geese but, like an earwig that burrows into your brain, the name Bruce the Goose was named in my mind, even if I didn’t say it out loud. I later named the other goose, Bradshaw after Nick “Goose” Bradshaw from…

New Year – New Blog

Moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw

Blueprint – 1×4 Deep Beehive Super

If anyone is interested, here is the Blueprint for my 1×4 deep beehive super.“A Goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (That’s is my new favorite quote!) As I mentioned in an earlier blog this super is built with 1×4’s and cost about $9.50 to build. Using nine 1×4’s 8′…

11 Days Until I Murder The Christmas Goose… Maybe?

When I get home from work, I go outside and watch them – it feels perverse. Like I should tell them to rub the lotion on their skin or something.“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I’ve said it once but I want to be clear…

13 days Until I Murder the Goose (warning: explicit language)

The reason I bought two geese was so I could kill the mean one for Christmas (which ever that one turned out to be) and still keep the other as a guard-goose for my chickens. However, on releasing the geese into my backyard, all hell broke loose. My chickens hauled ass in every direction and…

14 Days Until I kill the Goose

The goose is an experiment in farming for me. I have chickens and bees but both earn their keep and will eventually die of natural causes and so I have never had to murder an animal. Oh, I’ve hunted plenty but that is far different. In hunting, your interaction with the animal is momentary, distant,…

Cheaper, Stronger, Easier Beehive

This deep super cost me $5.40 to $9.40 to build (depending on the grade of lumber)! Here’s how I did it: If you’ve read my blog at all, you probably know just how cheap I really am. When I started to rebuild my apiary, I started off repairing old rotted boxes. When I ran out…

Progress 5.5 to 35gallons

This is just a note to myself: Looking back in my blogs, I found that in 2012 (the first year we ever harvested) we collected 5 1/2 gallons. This year in 2018 we harvested 35 gallons. “There are no secretes to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” –…