Category Archives: Animal Health

Love Honey? Try Beekeeping!

Beekeeping is a safe, fun, and rewarding experience that can be a hobby, or a way of life. With this simple, all-in-one kit, you can begin your beekeeping opportunity the moment the bees arrive.

One of many great products of Harvest Lane Honey is the Harvest Lane Honey Backyard Beekeeping Kit. Which includes the following

outer cover, inner cover, (2) deep hive bodies, with (20) Frames assembled with plastic foundation, (1) Medium Honey Super, (10) Medium Honey super Frames assembled with Plastic Foundation bottom board, (1) Metal Queen Excluder, entrance reducer, in hive feeder, 3×6 smoker, 1 lb bag smoker fuel, 9.5″ steel hive tool, and bee brush. Includes a Full Bee Suit and Beekeeping Gloves. 100% Painted & Assembled and ready to go. The best most complete kit they have.

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Beekeepers reap countless benefits from their hives, including relaxation, garden support, self-reliance, and the environmental advantages of supporting endangered pollinators. And let’s not forget the sweetest reward: fresh, organic, home-crafted honey!

Bees are kept comfortably almost anywhere, even on balconies in the middle of big cities. If you are conscientious about placement, beekeeping is safe and simple in any setting. With the proper tools and care, your bees and your family (even your pets) can co-exist perfectly.

So if you enjoy the sun and being outside and want to pick up a new hobby, why not have your own garden full of honey?!

Hey its 2015! lets try something different. 🙂

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If you want to learn more about Beekeeping and find yourself intrigued please do not hesitate to check out Harvest Lane Honey website

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How to Keep Your Dog Warm and Safe Outside in the Cold

dogThere are several things a pet needs to survive and stay warm in cold outside conditions.

First off, you need to make sure they have a shelter facing the East, southeast or south. There is less wind coming from these directions. It is best to place the dog house next to a shelter or your house to help avoid strong winds.

Secondly, choose a house that is appropriate to your dog’s size. It is better to have a larger house then one too small. If you live in a colder climate, try to find a house that has a flap over the door or longer entrance.

You can make a flap by cutting plastic or rubber to fit the doorway and attaching it just above the entrance if you have a flat entrance.

   

Next, you will want to make sure there is appropriate bedding in the shelter. You can use straw (mix in some cedar chips to keep bugs away), bedding, old blankets, any materials that can help the dog nestle in. Heated pet mats are a huge plus to keeping your pet warm. There are many types of heated pet mats; you will want to make sure the pet mat you have chose is suitable to the bedding you are using.

   

You will also want a heater water bowl or water heater to keep your pets bowl from freezing. Be sure not to use a metal heater in a plastic bowl!  Water is very important to a pet’s survival in the water; they need it just as much on a cold day as a hot one. You might want is a self feeder dog bowl or a covered feeding area to keep the food from freezing and getting wet. In the winter you might find that your pet is eating a little bit more. This is because since it is cold their bodies are shivering and burning more calories trying to keep warm. It is ok to feed them a little more in the winter!

The last few items you may want are clothing options such as a coat/hoodie for your pet when going for walks. Some short or fine haired dogs do not have the warmth from thick fur to be out in the cold for long periods of time. But make sure this is not left on your dog for days at a time, your dog’s skin does need to breath. Coats need to be cleaned as well since your dog will perspire just like we do. You might also consider foot booties. Yes, this might seem like a silly thing but your dog can get cracked paws and their skin can freeze just like ours can when they are out in the weather for too long or going for extended walks. Most of the booties available can also be used for walking on hot sidewalks in the summer to prevent blistering. (Double the use!)

   

One thing people tend to forget is that domesticated animals rely on their owners to take care of them in not only the cold but hot days as well.The humane society has a great article on keeping your pet warm. http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/training/sheltering-your-dog .As well as an article on https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx that explains the difference in dog sizes and hair/fur types and how winter effects them all differently.

Check back with us on keeping your horses and  live stock warm, as well as how to make an out door winter cat house!

Build Your Own Martin House

Purple martins are swallows that migrate from South America to North America each year to breed. Many people enjoy listening to their songs, watching their aerial acrobatics and seeing fledglings emerge from their nests. Although purple martins don’t eat mosquitoes, they eat large numbers of many other kinds of insects. For these reasons, many people build martin houses in the hope that the birds will build nests in them.

1 Site your martin house properly. Purple martins won’t nest in houses too near the ground or too near homes or tall trees. Martin houses should be a minimum of 40 feet (12 meters) from homes and trees and 20 feet (6 meters) high.

2 Design your martin house for several nesting pairs. It should have nesting compartments that are completely separated from one another, access holes for the birds, porches to perch on and a gabled roof. Some houses have multiple levels to accommodate more birds.

3 Cut the wood for the floor so it will extend past the exterior walls 3 inches (7.5 cm) on all sides. This creates the porches. You can also attach porches using 3-inch strips of wood.

4 Create several nesting compartments inside using partitions. Each space should be 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

5 Cut semicircular entrance holes. These should be 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) tall for each compartment. Set the bottom of the hole flush with the porch to discourage starlings and owls from using the martin house.

6 Drill small holes in the “attic” portion of the house to encourage air flow. Cut a thick piece of polystyrene or corrugated cardboard to fit inside the attic so the house won’t get too hot.

7 Build the roof. Make sure it extends past the exterior walls enough to help shield the access holes from rain and give the birds some shade.

8 Assemble the martin house. Keep in mind that you will want to occasionally disassemble it to clean out the nesting compartments. If you use a router to create slots in the partitions, the floors and in the exterior walls, you will be able to slide them together for a tight fit without permanently attaching them with screws or brads.

9 Paint the house white. Never paint or stain it dark colors, although you can paint the trim another light color if desired.

10 Mount the house on a metal pole that has been set in concrete. You may want to add a winch and pulley system that will allow you to raise and lower the house easily so you can check on nestlings or clean the compartments.

S & K Purple Martin House – 10 Family FH10

SKU: 033570112

Heath Purple Martin House Telescoping Pole MP 15

SKU: 050510058