So we brought 3 young female guinea fowl on Friday last week and they have ben penned in our chicken hutch since then. I was going to release them today but, as I sat here after taking the roof off their pen researching their nutritional requirements a bit deeper I found out that instead of penning for 3-7 days most people do this for up to 6 weeks and only release 1 at a time 3-7 day intervals…..OMG, I gotta run.
Just caught one and boy oh boy wasn’t that an ordeal! one ripped dress a pile of feathers and very sweaty 3 minutes latter I caught and released one.
Holy S@!t who would have thought that that would be such a problem. Anyhoo job done and one is happily sitting on a rock chatting away to the penned ones about life on the outside….Do you think I will be trying to catch them and trim their wings NO WAY hoozay, they an flap and fly as much as they like in absolute freedom.
What do you think I got guinea fowl for though???? Meat, eggs, bug protection??? It was definitely bug protection as they eat all the ants, ticks and mice around ( which the latter is in the veggie patches are starting to fill up with ).
My previous neighbours had guineas over there and when they left the guinea fowl stayed with the property, this is how I learnt all about their awesome yet noisy behaviours. I also learnt that their eggs are no dis-similar to chicken eggs and taste pretty much the same but, as we are getting between 5-13 eggs a day I don’t think we will be worrying about this.
I haven’t taken a picture of our 3 hens yet but this picture of the guinea fowl is awesome and a massive incentive for them around this property especially since we have brown and black snakes visit a bit over the hotter season.
Yes that right, beekeeping is an art and a rather complicated one if it’s done wrong. As a beekeepers wife I am regularly given facts and information about bees, what they are doing, what trees are in blossom and what tree blossoms are not suitable in different weather.
Hearing all this information made me wonder how many people really give a thought or even know that people harvest their honey from bees and how they do harvest honey. Do you know what happens in an apiary? Have you ever wonder how your honey is produced? Have you ever thought wether it is Australian or overseas varieties? Do you know what an iron ark, Apple gum or blood wood tree even looks like?
Well for what it’s worth I never gave it a thought, in fact I didn’t even know that beekeeping was farming or that their were beekeepers in Australia. Hmmm yep I’m hearing you, how Nieve am I, Totally was on this subject.
So as it turns out hanging with Stuart who is my husband, best friend, etc is really cool and I have learnt sooo much, in fact I think it has made me nearly a beekeeper ( hahaha as if ).
So Stuart has started making a few videos for our patreon page and for those who would like to see how a professional beekeeper work and the cool thing is that he suggested that we do a giveaway each month to Australian residents, unfortunately this excludes WA, but it will be a 500g jar of honey to the first person that can name the variety of honey we would be working. Stuart isn’t known for this type of idea it is usually me so I know that he is loving the idea of making these videos.
With the videos he will be doing some tutorials of hive management, disease control, brood, etc for all those patrons out there and also so free view vids for everyone. I am looking forward to these myself as you can never know to much about how things are done.
Well that’s it from me for now, just wanted to share about the complicated life and work of the beekeeper with the world, let me know what you think beekeepers really do!
Cheers to all
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Twining tea, yeah I know why am I writing a review on tea??? Well it isn’t that I drink a lot but, I do like certain teas of the herbal varieties and this brand just happens to make a few nice blends….when I say a few hey actually make four in this brand and I have now tried them all.
Ok so let’s look at them individually you have the sleep, digest, defence and detox. Firstly the sleep, this is a mild camomile flavour (and I do mean mild) with undertones of orange blossom and a touch of honey. I mention this one first as it is the least favourite of the lot as it is so mild that I feel like I am drinking hot water with a mild taste.
Next is the digest, peppermint, liquorice and lemon balm. The lemon balm is the over powering taste in this on but due to the ingredients I find that a week of drinking it does show a difference and since I have Chrones disease I do actually notice what goes through me.
The defence and detox are both my favourites the defence has orange, ginger and cinnamon and the top taste is defiantly the ginger with its bite and the back taste is the cinnamon that hits the back of the throat nicely leaving a lovely refreshing taste I the mouth. The detox has sweet fennel, lemongrass and verbena in it with the lemongrass being the top note and the verbena just outwaying the fennel which leaves a gentle aniseed taste at the back of the throat.
I have tried each of these over a week at a time with only my morning coffees to come between us and have found that I will continue to purchase them except the sleep which I will find a better camomile flavour for this.
Would I recommend this product?? Yes, defiantly if you like herbal tea these are a lovely alternative to the standard brands.
I give this the Yoga Hippy Gold Award.
Love to all
So we have always kept chickens on our property but we haven’t exactly kept them for more then eggs and we didn’t exactly keep a rooster for them to feel centered. Now we have got a gorgeous Arakuna X bantum rooster and 17 extra chicks and where thinking about separating our lovely old hen and the young one she’s tought to eat eggs.
Now, the above was an idea but now it isn’t a reality as we decided to build new nest boxes with some being higher then the others so that if she decides to still eat eggs she can only get hers as she can’t get to the higher boxes. That done we will get at least 10 out of 17 chicks as layers and the rest will be cockerels and allowed to grow into roosters and perform their duty with the neighbourhoods chickens.
So that all took place on the over the last month, This week we are busily putting up our new paddock for milking goats . The goats we have chosen are a cross between Saanan and Nubian and will give us the milk we need for the little kids we have along with their own. The nannies will become breeders for our line of meat goats (Boer) that we will cross to increase the height and stockiness of the X breed milkers.
We are getting the goats to increase the self sufficiency of the family, add a friendly less noisy law mower to the household, teach the children about livestock, and for their milk and families meat. I also intend to breed them for the domestic market if the project works out and let other families that want to live a self sufficient lifestyle add these wonderful and gentle family members to their lives.
Goats are going to be really important for our self sufficient life as they give us the most important NON plant based food source for the growing family so heres hoping that it all works out fantastic.
When you produce your own, you cook and eat your own…..totally awesome. 🙂
Whats your favourite melon???
What’s your idea of the perfect lifestyle?
Mine is a mix of family, Bees, yoga, self sufficiency and friends.
I reckon if you get the balance good your bound to be happy.
If you had a choice to make your perfect life what would it be? What order would you place your priorities in?
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The Friday VLOG is done, I look a little washed out due to a massive sinus attack after grass cutting so have some awesome bags under my eyes. Ahchoo ahchoo
let me know what’s happening in your self sufficient gardens and what’s growing
Do you know what’s flowering in your environment? Do you know if they are good for bees or honey production? Would you be able to take 10-500 bees stings for a days work? I know that I couldn’t as it hurts and then I get a little sick ( allergic to bees).
What do you think a beekeeper does and how much honey do you think they get?
The start of spring has definitely not been what we expected to start with it was dry and therefore we struggled to get our usual season openers of Honey.
By now the honey has usually been flowing well for around 6-8 weeks and we have a constant supply which usually means Honey for our regular and supportive customers, this season however I have had to call and let them know that we would be unable to supply Honey at the moment.
Fast forward to now and we have had a nice amount of rain that has put flowers on gum trees and smiles on faces. Just two weeks ago we were talking about moving bees due to the lack of honey and then the night Stuart and Mike go down to get the bees a lot are full.
Empty to full in just two weeks, that’s how awesome honey production can be one minute your struggling to fill a bucket next your getting 44 gallon drums full.
Now this is not out of the ordinary in fact pretty normal but, when Stu decided to check the bees yesterday and told me they had an awesome shake of iron bark nectar I was ecstatic to say the least.
Honey production can bee (is) hard work and unpredictable which isn’t an understatement, but when the going is good we all reap the rewards of the hard work.
The climate plays a massive role in our line of work as does Stuart’s knowledge of the flora of different areas. He has to know when and where to move the bees, what’s flowering and if what’s flowering is good for the bee or will cause disease or make them run dry or wether it is all nectar and no pollen or vis versa he also needs to be aware of the temper of the bees on any given day ( they say women are hormonal wait till you catch the bees on a cranky day woo)they can change from morning to evening deepening on cloud, humidity etc there is a lot to it when it all boils down.
If we all had the knowledge that beekeepers carry we would be able to work the land and even our backyard to produce the products that was beneficial to our families.
If Beekeeping was easy everyone would be doing it and if we could all take the stings that they dish out we wouldn’t think twice about becoming one ourselves but we don’t and that’s why it is only a small amount of these people that make it their life’s work.