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Fishes Too

There have been a couple of times that we have tried to keep fish here at the farm. When we first got our ducks, I wanted fish so bad that my daughter and I went shopping for some fish.

We went to several stores looking for the right fish. Finally, we thought we may found the perfect fishes. We purchased all the accouterments that go along with buying fish, and we hoped in our hearts that they would all be happy in their new home.

The ducks ate all the fish in a few days after the purchase. UGH! Alright, lesson learned the fish were like yummy succulent appetizers for the ducks. They were proudly telling everyone on the farm about what they had as they were quacking merrily about the pond. It was a little embarrassing.

Last year, we thought we would try again. The goats needed some fish to help keep their drinking water clean by eating the mosquitos. Apparently, we did not have enough mosquitos, because by the fall they were dead. They did last longer than the other fish. I will have to keep trying. Even the mission has fishes in their fountain. IMG_7163

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Bees

We have bees, we have three hives of beautiful bees. The last time I went out to the hives I realized that I screwed up while I was out there. I left the lid on the inner part of the super, and this did not allow the bees to go to the super to make more honey for themselves for the winter. After I realized this fact I made a phone call to Thera Bee . I thought maybe someone there could put me in contact with a bee keeper. I love having someone come out to the farm, since it is more insightful than just reading the book, or watching something on You Tube. Plus, I want to be safe when I am out there with the bees.

So, while I was talking to Martha at Thera Bee, she said would come out personally. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was. I ordered my additional bee boxes. I was ready for her visit. The day of her visit I unwrapped all the boxes I thought I might need, and loaded them into the Kubota, to take out to the field.

Martha arrived, and she was ready to go. We suited up, and went out to the field. We looked, we scraped off the excess honeycomb and propolis. While we we scraping, Martha gave me a great idea about putting water out for the bees, and adding a solar water pump. She then told me about adding wine corks to the water to allow the bees to get a drink without drowning. I had to laugh…this is wine country.

Martha told me right before she left that there were people that wanted to interview her the day she came to help me. She put her interview on hold to help me. Ohhh, that made my day, and showed me that people want to help other people. It was super sweet! I truly was inspired by Martha! Thank you again! I am so glad you came out to spend the day with me!

Bees

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Beauty of Bees

I check up on the bees every week. I have read that they will become used to your smell, and familiarize themselves with your odor. I have given them water, but now I am going to wait until next week to see how they are doing without my assistance for water. Since we do have a pond, and means for them to obtain water I am going to how they do in the next week. Yet another experiment. I have lots of mustard planted, and lots of flowers for them to forage for pollen. I may be able to add a super next week if all looks well inside the box.

Today, when I ventured out to the hives I did not wear my veil, and I walked all the way out there. If I am going to open the hive, I usually take my “bee tool box”, and my veil. It freaks me out just a little when so many are coming at my veil. The last time I had no stingers, so none of the girls lost their lives as they hit my veil.

The funniest part about opening the hive is once it is closed. There is usually one that just continuously hitting my veil over and over as I walk away from the hive. It is almost a gentle nudge for me to get away from the hive. This weekend I plan on planting more flowers for my little friends. I see that they have found a lot of flowers somewhere above our farm too.  They are pretty busy!

 

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