Wild turkeys, fresh eggs and lost honey bees

The wild turkeys are enjoying our buckwheat, and Glenn sees our chances of the buckwheat reseeding itself being gobbled away ; the flock of 30+  are grazing daily and taunting Tillie on our morning walks.  Glenn and Tillie have informed them not too push their luck too far or one of them might be the lucky bird  to be marinated in bourbon and apple cider and roasted to a golden brown next Thanksgiving.

Our hens have finally slowed down egg production, but we are still getting two eggs a day which is fine from the five hens.   They were thankful for the   cornbread dressing that they received after Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for the fresh eggs that definitely make a more delicious quiche.

On a sad note, we lost our yellow hive of honey bees; we are still analyzing the evidence, but it looks potentially  like colony collapse disorder.  This hive was always weaker from the start, but we had left all their honey in the hive in the hope that they would be able to survive the winter and gain strength going into next year.  We had seen a lot of bee activity during the sunny days when we looked out at their hives, but upon closer inspection, Glenn realized that those were robber bees enjoying all the yummy honey.  It seems that they had a Thanksgiving feast as well.

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7 responses to “Wild turkeys, fresh eggs and lost honey bees

  1. Sure hope it’s not the GMO’s that I heard they have started growing on some farms in Sandymush. Such a shame to let this happen in such a beautiful farm valley.

    • Thanks for your concern. Our best educated guess on what happened last year is that one hive was never strong because of a weak queen, and the other hive we probably lost to Varroa Mites because we didn’t treat early enough. Tough lessons. The bees we got from Wild Mountain Bees in April of 2014 are doing well so far. Thank goodness!

  2. I enjoyed reading the post. My husband is the beekeeper in our family and we reaped the reward from all his efforts this summer when we were able to make 15 pints of honey – after three years’ work!

    • Thanks for your interest Jo Ann; it is a continual learning process which we are just beginning. Glenn is actually the one that does the physical work with the bees; he has the more calm energy. We both enjoy doing the research and learning. Bees are fascinating!

  3. Life at Bee Branch is so interesting. Thanks for sending the news.

  4. More than likely, you encountered nosema ceranae with your honeybees NOT colony collapse disorder. Our state inspectors have found no evidence of CCD in our state. But call Jack Hanel and he will tell you how to send a sample off to the USDA lab to know for sure. This crazy warm weather has all us beekeepers on edge with their winter stores getting eaten. Hope your other hives are doing well.
    Janet
    Past Prez BCBC

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