HELLO EVERYONE FROM TUMBLR!!! THE PICTURES FROM ABOVE ARE OF MY HUSBAND, KEVIN—THE BEEKEEPER IN OUR “BACKYARD BEEHIVES!!! KEVIN IS THE ONE WHO THOUGHT OF COAXING HIS CHICKENS TO EAT THE MITES, BEETLES, AND MOTHS AROUND THE BEEHIVES, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT IS KILLING OUR BEES AROUND THE WORLD!!! IN 2006, AFTER THE FIRST SEASON OF DOING THIS MUCH DEEP THOUGHT PROVOKING TRIAL, WE FOUND OUT “THE CHICKENS” WORK!!! WE FOUND ONLY ONE MITE IN 50 HIVES!!! WE ARE JUMPING UP AND DOWN, YOU CAN KEEP HEALTHY BEES BY DOING “NATURAL WAYS” NO ANTIBIOTICS FOR BEES!!! NO PESTICIDES!!! NO INSECTICIDES!!! DO IT NATURALLY!!! A VERY WIN-WIN SITUATION. WE GET THE BEAUTIFUL & TASTY FRESH PASTURED BROWN EGGS!!! WE ARE TRYING TO ESTABLISH A NEW VENTURE IN OUR BEE FARM BUSINESS!!! WE ARE AT THE KICKSTARTER WEBSITE TRYING TO PUT OUR ENERGIES TO HELP “THE BEE” TO SURVIVE!!! WE HAVE BEEN BEEKEEPERS SINCE 2006. THIS PAST WINTER, VERY COLD AND SNOWY WINTER, COST US A GREAT LOSS TO OUR BEE YARD. WE HAVE SPENT OVER $3,000. TO REPOPULATE OUR BEE YARD IN THE PAST 14 MONTHS. IF YOU CAN HELP:
PLEASE GO TO KICKSTARTER:
LOOK FOR: BEE SWEET HONEY FARMS, LLC
THERE IS A EVEN A GREATER SHORTAGE OF HONEY THIS YEAR!
I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW DISAPPOINTED WE ARE NOT TO HAVE THE SUPPLY OF HONEY LIKE WE HAD EVEN LAST YEAR BECAUSE WE ENJOY OUR CUSTOMERS, WHO RAVE ABOUT THE HONEY THAT COMES FARMLAND OF MAINLY TREES FOR THE BEST TASTING HONEY, BUT WE ARE AT HALF OF THE AMOUNT OF HONEY!!!
KEVIN RECEIVED “BEST OF TASTE” LAST AUGUST, WITH HIS HONEY BEING JUDGED AT OUR LORAIN COUNTY FAIR—WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST FAIR IN OHIO.
WE DO THANK GOD FOR THE MATURE TREES WE HAVE ON OUR PROPERTY—FROM BEAUTIFULLY FRAGRANT ORCHID-LIKE FLOWERS IN THE SPRING FROM OUR BLACK LOCUST TREES TO OUR BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS THAT JUST FELL TO THE GROUND 2 WEEKS AGO FROM OUR LINDEN—BASSWOOD TREES WHICH WE MARVEL AT AND TO OUR AMAZEMENT BRINGS US AMAZING GOURMET HONEY!!!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO GO TO KICKSTARTER WEBSITE LOOK FOR BEE SWEET HONEY FARMS, LLC
THANK YOU FOR READING ALL THESE WORDS, I AM DETERMINED TO HELP MY HUSBAND “HELP THE BEE”
Next year we will be adding Coturnix Quail to our flocks (we started out with just a few to try it out this year). Cages will be necessary because they are migratory birds and will fly away. Quail are important to the ecosystem and health of bees; they are native to Ohio along with other mid-western areas. They can eat smaller insects that chickens can’t see or catch. Quail love to eat moths, beetles, ticks, and mites - all of which can cause problems in honeybee colonies.
For some facts on quail in general check out:
"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."
- Albert Einstein
Queen Right Colonies LTD., in Spencer Ohio, is where we get all our bee needs. Denzil and Sheila have helped us through the years to get our apiary started and keep it healthy! Their website is www.queenrightcolonies.com Check it out! Pictures courtesy of the Morning Journal, and Queen Right Colonies.
We just hatched out some more chicks! Here are just a few. The dark ones are Barred Rocks, and the brown ones are Rhode Island Reds. In addition, we picked up a few older chicks from MEYER HATCHERY in Polk Ohio. Check out their website www.meyerhatchery.com