Cj Verde wrote:The bad part of this is that Geoff and/or staff wont be looking here to answer your questions and that's part of what you are paying for. OTOH, last year those forums were not terribly user friendly. I asked lots of questions because I couldn't easily find if they were already posted or answered.
My one and only issue with this course was/is the forum format. I find it extremely awkward, with the newest replies going to the last page instead of immediately under the OP. I did not participate much for that reason. Otherwise I can't say enough good things about the course, it was amazing and really, how cool is it for Geoff to invite us alumni back at no added expense?!
Wow. This is certainly the most beautiful bee dwelling I've seen. I've got the trees, the chainsaw and the sandals - must make one! Last year a wild hive spent a few days at my goat barn before moving on, wish I'd had a home like this to offer.
(Probably weird) question:
Is it necessary to harvest the honey at all? I want bees for pollination and because they're such cool little critters to have around but aside from small amounts for medicinal purposes I rarely use honey.
Jocelyn, so sorry to hear about this! BTDT and it sucks, don't it? Here's wishing you a speedy recovery but in the meantime, milk it - make the Crazy Man wait on you and do all the chores. Bwhahahahaaa.
Doug Mac wrote:I remember your story! Post some new pics!
I swear I answered this earlier but the post disappeared! Maybe I didn't submit after preview, that would be typical for me. Anywho - the goaties are doing great! They're about 18 mos. old and both over 100 lbs. and as silly as ever, doing a fine job of brush control and general entertainment. Nancy on the left, Sid on the right:
They're a tremendous help with the earthworks too - NOT. Had to pen them up, they kept jumping into the loader bucket.
Not fond of snakes or botflies but my #1 reason not to live in, nor ever visit, the tropics is the stinkin' heat and even more stinkin' humidity. Even here at 37 degrees N and 6200 ft. I'm essentially pissed off from May until October. Give me a good ol' blizzard any day. Suspect I was an Eskimo in all my past lives.
After being told by two different township bureaucrats that it would be OK to raise livestock on the 3 acres they wanted to purchase, after purchasing the land and starting their homestead, THEN the petty piss-ant bureaucrats did a 180 and now say they have to get rid of the animals and will bring suit to make it happen. Small minded people with a little bit of power - oy. I can only afford a small donation but can spread the word. BTW, any funds not used to fight the township suit have been pledged to help others in similar situations.
Easy one for me - I've never owned a cell phone & have no plans to get one. Not because of the radiation risk, although I don't doubt that for a NY minute, more the "I can't see any reason for the expense and annoyance" factor.
I know that doesn't work for most people's lifestyle but it does for me, thank the gods.
Lots of people have been using your pic. And I've had people write to me to ask for permission to use this pic. It seems, that since it is here, you probably do give said permission. But if you state it explicity, then I can just direct people here and be done with it.
Hi Katherine & congratulations on your soon-to-arrive goaties. I'm new at it too, having rescued two young Boers earlier this year. I've learnt some good stuff here - if you haven't, check out all the posts and replies, and for just about anything about any kind of goat-keeping, this site is awesome: The Goat Spot
Not the solution for every situation but I've read that goats love poison ivy (and it doesn't hurt them at all). I don't have any growing on my place but a neighbor across the canyon has a small patch and asked if my goats would like to visit. Haven't had the time yet, but will report back when we do.