Thursday, December 3, 2015
What Would Do This?
My plan today was to finish Winterizing the hay field and orchard hives like I did the garden hives yesterday. By the time I finished the morning feeding however it was pretty obvious I wasn't going to get any Winterizing done today.
It was frosty and cold but the sun was shining bright and there was no wind to speak of for a change and by 9AM the hives were already showing some entrance activity. Now I could in fact put on my suit and try wrapping the hives that way but it makes it a lot more difficult and much less fun and really pisses the bees off. Best at this point to just wait for another cold,cloudy day when the girls won't be wanting to come out and get me.
At least the Garden hives are finished and they are the ones that are most exposed to the Winter winds. If the ground ever freezes up I plan on moving about half the Garden hives to different locations to make room for the new 2016 hives. My system is to keep new hives near the house and then move them out over their first Winter to make room for the new splits and swarms. So far we haven't had even one good freeze this year yet though.
While I was back working on the Garden Hives yesterday I walked behind my shop and discovered the damage you see in the top picture. Something has eaten the old board siding paint and all from this section of the back wall. It's about seven foot or so off the ground but something really gnawed on it as you can see from the top picture.
What the hell would do that?
I can't imagine a rat climbing up that high.
Whenever something is chewed on like that my first culprit is usually one of the useless old nag horses but as far as I know none of them have gotten out in months. It's way too high for a dog. Maybe the new squirrel that comes up to the yard sometimes? Maybe some type of bird? Perhaps deer, but I think the dogs run them off when they get into the yard.
The whole thing has me stumped. I just can't imagine what would have eaten 100 year old siding like that around here. Whatever ate it did in fact eat it because there are no wood shards or paint chips on the ground under the damaged area.
Got me baffled.
Anyway now I am off to find something else to work on today since bee hive wrapping is out of the question. By the looks of the long range forecast it might be weeks before I get a day cold enough to wrap the hives at this point. All 50's and 60's for highs the next two weeks but I am sure that will change.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!