To Bee or not to Bee
21 May 2014 - It is definitely not to bee when there is a swarm 50 feet from the girls' side of my barn!
I first noticed the swarm the evening before when bringing in the girls from pasture. After Googling "bee swarm" and learning that a swarm can contain as many as 40,000 bees I was definitely uneasy having them so close to the barn. Much to their displeasure, the girls were confined to their paddocks closest to the barn rather than their dry lot area where they like to sleep on nice nights. The tree with the swarm is just adjacent to the dry lot.
This called for some expert help from a bee keeper. The process of removal was fascinating to watch. The bee keeper brushes part of the swarm into a box which contains honey and a one-way door. Hopefully the queen is part of this group.
Ella watches from a safe distance.
Apparently the queen is in the box as the other bees follow her in.
The girls are fascinated as well -- as they always are by anything different happening in their world.
All ends well as the bee keeper gets a new supply of bees for his hive and my girls can go out to a safe pasture.
There are varied products produced in farming. I am happy with my product -- fiber -- and I am really happy that there are those whose product is honey.