hive tool

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.

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Opening up a hive.

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Putting a refilled bottle of sugar water onto the hive.

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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.

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A bucket of pollen patties. Okie makes these himself.

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

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

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

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

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