Spring seems to be here finally. I’ve been out and about enjoying the season. Mushrooms are popping up and I have found two batches, enough for dinner each night. Turkeys are gobbling but that season opens up mid next week and I thankfully have a week of vacation to enjoy it. I’ve also been transplanting a bunch of trees at the woods to create a screen and increase some habitat. its a lot of work but very satisfying. I was able to get some fishing in these last two days. First showing a friend how to fly cast and in the process caught a couple of small Blue Gills. Today I tromped through a river with a friend and caught nothing but still enjoyed the time out. While in the river we heard a tremendous crash of a rotten tree. When finished and drove back to the spot where I had left my truck we came across the tree. It was completely blocking the road. Lucky for us it was rotten so pretty light. Our only trouble was a couple of dazed squirrels who refused to leave their now destroyed house. My Bees are out and moving. I had two hives going into the winter and one survived and it is going pretty strong so hopefully I’ll be able to get a little bit of honey off of them. But it depends on the weather and spring honey flow.
Every year bees have the habit of swarming. This is because of a number of reasons but mainly they feel like they get crowded and need some room so the queen takes off and about half the hive with her. Bee Keepers try to keep this from happening in their hives but it happens. Wild hives swarm as well. This is really how bees multiply and spread out. It’s also a good way to get some free bees. I have two people who want to get some bees this year and I of course am always on the lookout for another hive. Last year I heard through our local bee club that a guy was making swarm traps and had already caught a lot of swarms, like 50+. I joined him for his swarm catching expedition. The way he did it was to have some boxes built that he hung up around the county. These boxes were pretty slick in their design and while he did not invent them it seemed to be me he had pretty much perfected it. If I remember correctly his rules for catching swarms were these. Hang the trap about 10 feet up. Brace it against whatever you hang it in so it doesn’t swing in the wind and the bigger the box the bigger the swarm but you know they are insects so no guarantee. I got three swarms from him last year. I collected a couple of swarms on my own last year as well […]
With it being over 60 degrees today I decided I’d check in on the bees. They seem to be doing well. Every hive is still going and most have begun to work on the candy boards I placed on top. A couple and already put a big dent in the sugar blocks which might mean I have to put some more food in for them. This is the first time I used a candy board but so far I’m happy with the results but we will see how they look at the end of winter.