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57 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
2021 Goals: what worked? what didn't?
Hello hello! I have returned from my podcast hiatus, and I have lots of news. Most of it depressing (sorry!). In this episode, I discuss goals I set for myself in 2021, what worked, what didn't; as well as what has been happening with me since my hiatus. Please note: this episode includes frank discussion of chicken death, depression, cancer, and chronic illness. You can find a list of everything discussed, as well as photos and useful links, over on my blog.
11 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
On Hiatus until Spring 2022
Hi folks! I've decided to place the podcast on hiatus until next Spring. We're going full tilt through autumn and into winter now, and things will be slowing down around the homestead. Plus, I'm just completely burned out due to a number of different factors, and I need the time to reset. I wanted to share some suggestions of episodes and podcasts that might be of interest to you! You can find those over on my website (with direct links to their homepages to make things easy to find). Thanks for listening these last two years, and I wish you all a safe and happy winter season!
42 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Hive News & English Orpingtons
Happy September! Important announcement: I will be taking the rest of September off so there will be no new episodes (or reposts) until October. I'm taking a much needed break to reset. I hope you will bear with me! This week, I discuss what things look like in my apiary, treating my top bar hive for mites using the oxalic acid dribble method, bringing home new chickens/pullets, and then share some facts about the supremely fluffy English Orpington chicken. I do discuss some upsetting information related to my broody hen and chick death. This is covered from timestamp 20:57 until 30:26. Please jump ahead if you would prefer. Nature can be cruel but your mental health is important so feel free to just skip that bit. As always, you can visit my website for a rundown of everything discussed, a link to sources referenced, and some photos. See you in October! Take care!
71 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
All Things Varroa Mite (re-post)
Hello from rainy Ohio! This week, I am reposting one of my earliest episodes that covers all things Varroa Mite. I go over what this nasty little parasite is, how it transferred from the Asian honeybee (apis cerana) to our beloved European honeybee (apis mellifera), its method of transmission into the US; testing methods, and available treatments. This topic is especially timely since those of us in the West are moving into Autumn, which is when varroa mite levels can start to climb. I hope this will act as a useful refresher on this nasty parasite for seasoned beekeepers, and a good introductory guide for first year beekeepers. The original blog post for this episode can be found here. The paper on oxalic acid effect on bee brood can be found here. Thank you for listening!
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Mini episode: broody hens & hive updates
Hello hello! I am back from my vacation and right back into the thick of things. I've been so busy catching up on everything at the homestead that I am bringing you just a mini episode this week. I'll be discussing broody hens (or what it means when a hen 'goes broody') as well as what is happening in my bee hives. Then I'll share some highlights from my vacation. Visit my website for a rundown of everything discussed, as well as photos. I'll be back in 2 weeks with a regular, full length episode. Thanks for listening!
50 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Vacation Ep: repost of Episode 1!
Hello from my vacation! For the first time since I started this podcast, I am taking time off. I didn't want to leave you hanging, though, so I thought now would be a good time to repost Episode 1: A Chicken in a Parking Lot. This is all about how I fell into chicken keeping (and homesteading) when I found a small, beakless hen in an ALDI parking lot. It's a pivotal moment in my life and a fun story to share. The sound quality of this first episode is poor and I apologize for that. I hope you will enjoy the story, regardless! For those of you who have been listening since the beginning, may the bees never sting you and the honey flow strong and sweet!! You are the best.
74 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Relaxed Fit Episode!
Hello! This week, I'm taking time off from the book reviews and educational topics, and instead talking about everything that has been happening here on the homestead. Topics include: rehoming an aggressive rooster, bringing a new rooster home, vegetable garden progress, and hive news. Please visit my website for photos of all things discussed. Handy-dandy links/references: Farm rescue article on wild and mock strawberries CDC guide on cleaning raccoon latrines
85 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The Thinking Beekeeper by C.Hemenway - Part2
Hello hello! This is part 2 of my review of 'The Thinking Beekeeper' by Christy Hemenway. This half of the book goes in depth on how to manage your top bar hive colony during its first year, complete with some very handy-dandy diagrams. Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed plus photos. Here is the garlic-water varroa treatment study I mention, and here is Christy Hemenway's guide to chemical-free varroa mite treatments. Thanks for listening!
71 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Thinking Beekeeper by C.Hemenway - Part 1
Hello hello! This week, I'll be covering the first half of 'The Thinking Beekeeper' by Christy Hemenway, which is an excellent how-to guide on getting started with top bar hives. I also announce the winner of my giveaway! As always, please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed as well as photos from the book. Additional resources: Scientific Beekeeping (Trial of HoneySuperCell Small Cell Combs) Honey Bee Suite (Monday Morning Myth: small-cell foundation discourages varroa mites) Mann Lake Ltd. Unassembled Top Bar Hive Etsy
63 minutes | May 27, 2021
Gold Star Honeybees Top Bar Hive Review
This week, I’m sharing my thoughts and experiences with the Gold Star Honeybees top bar hive (complete kit); the quality of the materials, ease of putting it together, and how it is working out. I’m also hosting a giveaway for the book ‘The Thinking Beekeeper - Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives’ by the owner of Gold Star Honeybees, Christy Hemenway. Details at the end of the episode! You can find the Gold Star website here. Click here for the construction guide, and here for the hive kit. Episode 16 can be found here, and this is the corresponding blog post. As always, I have a full rundown of everything discussed plus photos over on my website. Thank you for listening, and please join me again in two weeks!
68 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Adventures of Ginny the Guinea!
Welcome to episode 45! This episode is all about the adventures of Ginny, the guinea fowl hen. I also cover some facts about guinea fowl so that you can decide whether they might be a good fit for your homestead or farm. Links of interest: Episode 101 of the Hive Jive Podcast (Telling the Bees) Female Guinea Keet call from Youtube Good Sprout Rescue Fowl Play Rescue My website (with photos and a rundown of everything discussed) Thank you so much for listening, and stay safe out there!
69 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, final chapters!
Hello hello! This week, I finish up my book review of 'Honeybee Democracy' by Thomas Seeley with chapter 10 and the epilogue. Chapter 10 is all about how we can apply the 'swarm smarts' of honeybee swarms to our human forms of governing and decision-making. The Epilogue is a succinct summary of everything covered in the book. I hope you enjoy it! A few handy-dandy links: My website for a rundown of everything discussed, as well as photos from my homestead. And the queen marking disc I mention. Thanks for listening!
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 9
Hello hello! This week, we move on to Chapter 9 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter looks at how the decision making process of honey bee swarms is comparable to the decision making process of primate brains. Yes, really! Quick correction: at the end, I say my next episode will cover chapter 10 and the Prologue. I meant chapter 10 and the epilogue. Whoops! Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed today, including some handy-dandy graphics from the book, and pictures from around my homestead. I hope you'll join me again in 2 weeks to finish the book!
58 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 8
Hello hello! This week, I push on with my book review of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley, and cover Chapter 8. This chapter is all about the dynamics of swarm flight. How do the bees make their way to their chosen nest site? Which bees lead the way? How many bees of the 10k+ within a swarm have visited the nest before? These questions and more will be answered! Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed as well as some useful graphics from the book. I also recommend checking out this beautiful bee themed tarot deck and the supporting oracle deck. As well as the charity, The Bee Conservancy. Thanks for listening, and stay safe out there!
71 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 7
Hello hello! This week, I am covering Chapter 7 of Honeybee Democracy, which is all about the swarm's final flight home. Have you ever wondered how a honeybee swarm manages to take flight all at once, as one great cloud of bees? What allows 10 thousand plus bees to take off as one cohesive unit? What signals to them to prepare for flight? You're about to find out! Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed, as well as some nifty photos. And please check out Mid-Ohio Waterfowl Rescue; a wonderful organisation that saves domestic and wild waterfowl in Ohio, and who took in the two abandoned ducklings that I found by a canal last week. Thanks for listening!
58 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 6
This week, I cover chapter 6 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter is all about how the scout bees of a swarm come to a consensus on their new nest site. We will learn about how nest site quality relates to waggle dance enthusiasm; how the discoverer scouts recruit other bees to support their site; and whether scout bees compare various nest sites to assess quality, or whether they have an innate knowledge of what makes a nest site good or bad. Visit my website for a full rundown of everything discussed plus some nifty photos. And if you're interested in helping the folks of Texas as they come through their recent freeze, you can donate via The Red Cross, or support a pet charity that is helping Texans and their pets during this difficult time. Thanks for listening, and stay safe out there!
71 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 5
Hello from snowy Ohio! This episode, we are tackling Chapter 5 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter focuses on the studies Seeley created to ascertain what sort of nest cavity is considered acceptable but not ideal by honeybees, in an attempt to deepen his understanding of how scout bees make decisions when assessing nest site options. I also talk about a sick hen who is cozy and warm in the house during her treatment period, a naughty whippet who is eating gross things, the loss of some of my bee colonies, and the fun that is Chip Drop. Head on over to my website for photos and a rundown of everything discussed in this episode. Stay warm and cozy out there!
63 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 4
Hello hello! On to Chapter 4 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley today. This chapter answers such questions as: how does a forager know when to start looking for potential nest sites? How is a nest site chosen if multiple options are found by scout bees? Is there a genetic component to which foragers become scouts when the need arises? Listen in and learn all about the fascinating dance-off of the scout bees! Learn more about Brood X cicadas, set to emerge this spring at this website. Check out the treats and layer feed available at Grubbly Farms. Or head on over to my website for all links, photos, and a run down of everything covered in this episode. Thanks for listening!
72 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 3
Hello lovelies! The book review continues with Chapter 3: Dream Home for Honeybees. Please see my website for diagrams, photos from the book, and a full rundown of all the information covered. CORRECTION CORNER: during the 'location, location, location' section of this episode/chapter, I realised too late that I had written down some dimensions incorrectly (and somehow missed them during my read-through). So here is the corrected information: To test entrance preference, if any, Seeley offered a swarm a pair of boxes; 1 box had a typical nest entrance area of 12.5 sq-cm/2.5 sq-in, and the other had an atypical entrance area of 75 sq-cm/25 sq-in. Sorry about that! Talk to y'all in 2 weeks where I will cover Chapter 4. Take care & stay safe!
70 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 2
Happy new year, my lovelies! I hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle. This week, I continue with my review of 'Honeybee Democracy'. Chapter 2 covers information that is very familiar to many of us: the societal structure of the honeybee colony, how queen bees are reared, the process of swarming, etc. I hope it's not too dull for you to hear it all again but I'd like to think it never hurts to rehash this kind of information. For some really wonderful diagrams from the book, please see my website. As always, I have provided a list of everything discussed today for those who want to refer back or who like to read along. Thank you for listening! I wish you all a safe and prosperous 2021!
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