Thursday, April 21, 2016
Did I Catch a Swarm?
Turned into a pretty nice day today. Cool enough for the lambs to be more interested in running around than sleeping in the shade and although it threatened to rain a couple of times it never did.
I started shuffling Summer implements out of the Winter storage shed. Moved the tiller up to the barn lot, took the manure spreader to the front of the barn and then hooked up the brush hog to take care of the horse pasture and East sheep pasture (at least when I get it fenced for now it is still horse pasture).
If you think I complain about mowing the lawn wait until you hear me cuss and carry on about brush hogging the useless nag pasture. I am not fond of useless nags anyway but the fact that they think they are too good to eat all the vegetation in their pasture just really makes me angry. If I put the sheep out there I would never need to brush hog it again but with horses the weeds come up and they won't touch em.
Just another line on the "why I hate horses" list.
Anyway. As I was out brush hogging the front five acres of the horse pasture I passed by one of my swarm traps and noticed a large number of bees coming and going. No pollen coming in yet that I could see but if there isn't a swarm in there then the scouts are holding it for one I would bet. Sometimes the scouts from a swarm will hold a potential hive location until the main swarm arrives. Sometimes the swarm never arrives and the defending scouts kinda get forgot about too. It happens. Sometimes it looks like the trap is full of bees and then you open it and find it mostly empty too. Hard to tell until I look which I will do tomorrow. This particular trap is barely five foot off the ground so it will be easy to collect it up but I will have to move it down to the orchard apiary to get enough distance to keep the bees from going back to the original trap location.
I need to get into a few of the hives tomorrow afternoon anyway so I will walk down and open it up then and see what's going on. Could be a false alarm like I said but we will see.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!