Month: October 2016

Cow Tipping

Cows, it seems, are curious. And, well, not too bright.

This was the third time that Okie has lost hives to cows. We will be installing a solar-powered electrified fence around the hives shortly.



Unhappy Bees

There are days when the bees just seem to be unhappy. This was one of those days. We’d gone out to the hives to remove the MiteAway strips and to insert fresh pollen patties.

The third shot is of Okie using a smoker to calm them down a bit.

I shot with the D300/14 mm combo again. Glad that I had on my goat-skinned gloves.

As unhappy as the bees were that day, neither of us were stung.





Sugar Water and Pollen Patties

This trip involved putting fresh pollen patties into the hives, refilling the sugar water bottles, and refilling a water bucket. We visited two sites on the trip. Still amazed at how docile the bees are even though we’re opening-up their homes.

Some establishing shots.



Opening up a hive.


Putting a refilled bottle of sugar water onto the hive.


The tool of the trade. Pretty all that needs to be done with a hive in the field can be done with a hook-end hive tool.


A bucket of pollen patties. Okie makes these himself.


Corks are put in the water bucket so bees can drink without drowning.


One set of hives occasionally shares space with cows. We’ll get back to this in a later post.


Bees using propolis to seal a gap in the hive. (Okie will repair it later in the season.)


View of the beautiful crescent of hives that share space with the cows. Again, we’ll touch on this in a later post.