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Turkey Traps and Top Bar Hive Modifications

4/25/2012 10:04:50 AM

Tags: chickens, tools, garden, chicken feed, chicks, bees, potatos, book club, healthcare, turkey trap, top bar hive, rooster, hens, Carola, Cracked Batterball, Desiree, Rose Finn Apple Fingerling, tubers, waterers, blogs, Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton


 How to catch a turkey and modify a Top Bar Hive  

We've been getting ready for a new shipment of bees by doing some top bar hive modifications

Anna is starting a new virtual homesteading book club and the newly formed group voted on Henry David Thoreau's Walden for their first group discussion. There's still plenty of time for new members and we'd love to hear your thoughts on this American classic.

One of our roosters is beating up on two of our hens and the things we've tried so far don't seem to be working. Any advice from folks who have had this problem in the past would be greatly appreciated.

A post titled Homestead Healthcare generated a lively back and forth discussion with several of our readers.

2012 is going to be the year we branch out and try some new gourmet potato varieties. It was a tough choice, but we narrowed down this years potato experiment into a group of 4 different tubers that include Carola, Cracked Butterball, Desiree, and Rose Finn Apple Fingerling.

What's the best and most simple method of catching a wild turkey? I think you may be surprised at how easy it can be.

 Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton are full time homesteaders in the far southwest corner of Virginia. They've got a bunch of new experiments going and love to share the results on their blog they call They've come up with a new method of getting clean drinking water to backyard chickens. Check out the Avian Aqua Miser if you're interested in providing the cleanest water possible for your chickens. 

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