Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bee poop, duck outing and something small and green

Yesterday was sunny, but cold and windy. I think it's finally supposed to warm up this week. Yesterday's high was around 7C. I spent a couple of hours cleaning up my vegetable garden and communing with Sophie, the ducks and the chickens.

Despite the cold, I saw a lot of honeybees out foraging on dandelions. Here are the girls backs at the hive:


The orange blob in the centre is pollen stuffed in a bee's "pollen basket" or corbicula. They have one on each hind leg. The crap all over the hive is... crap. They had quite the poo-fest this spring. Bees will not defecate in their hive, so when the winter ends, they go out and have a big dump-o-rama. Honey bees are susceptible to nosema, which can give them bee diarrhea. I do treat my bees in the fall (and sometimes spring) for nosema, but it looks to me like they may have gotten it anyway. Yellow stripes of poop =  the bee runs. But I've looked in that hive and everything seems fine. In fact, it's booming and I've added a third brood box with plans to split the hive soon.

I am always happy to see the girls out foraging on a sunny day.

The Muscovy ducks were out enjoying the sunshine too, while I kept an eye on them from the veggie patch:



Here's Oedipus. He got his name because, well, he humps his Mama.



Sophie was hanging out with me the whole time, but Tristan stayed up by the house, sleeping in the sun.



Oedipus is my only all-whit male Muscovy.  He thinks he's pretty hot stuff.


He had a long bath and preening session yesterday.



"I need to look good for the ladies. And my Mama!" His Mama is Eugenia, the duck who was attacked by a fox last month, and had her leg broken. She's doing really well now! My splint worked wonders and she's pretty much back to normal. I remain amazed that I didn't cripple her for life.



Sophie likes to hang with me and the ducks.


And look what's coming up:



I weeded and mulched the asparagus patch yesterday and am hoping to have some to harvest soon. I put this pic on my Facebook and immediately received a couple of lewd comments from some male friends! :)

Hope you are all having a happy weekend.

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27 comments:

  1. Both of us have poop on our minds today. Coincidence?

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    1. I don't think so! hahaha!

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  2. Beautiful pictures and a lot of bees.

    Hugs
    Elna

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  3. Poop, incest, and dirt boners...it doesn't get any better than this!

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    1. I know, right? You can't say I don't offer you people quality entertainment on this blog!!

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    2. Where's the "like" button! You make me laugh! :)

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  4. LOL, too funny. That sure is quality entertainment. Who knew that bees saved up their poop until Spring. That is pretty interesting. Hope all of you have a great day.

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    1. They wil zip out on a warm winter day, but there aren't many of those!

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  5. Bee diarrhea? Wow. I learn so much from this blog!

    Enjoy the mild weather, emerging asparagus, and the company of your feathered and furry friends.

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    1. I know you're just biding your time until the ducklings arrive! ;)

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  6. I know how the bees feel right now ;-/
    Love your photos. Your place looks nice to hang out.
    Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Oh no, Nancy! Feel better soon!

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  7. Nothing like getting information and a laugh at the same time.

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  8. Lovely pictures!
    Here is cold and wind too!

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    1. Hope it warms up here and there very soon!

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  9. Never a dull moment here!
    Jane x

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  10. I have an elderly neighbor, Walter who's had bees all his life. He's a walking encyclopedia on bees. Fascinating insects.

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    1. I wish I had a neighbour like that! Great!

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  11. That one bee on the furthest left looks as mad as she can be. She is ready for an attack. I think that's the one with the runs!
    Oh poor Eugenia, first she gets attacked by a fox, and then she gets humped by her own son!

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    1. You're right, that bee looks ticked off!

      And yes, Eugenia's misery never ends!! :)

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  12. Wonderful photos. The animals all look quite content and like they love this time of the year as much as I do. Fresh asparagus. Yum!

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    1. Something has been snacking on my asparagus. We are NOT amused!

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  13. Glad the bees are ok. I liked that pic of the big piece of pollen!

    Lucky, you have asparagus! I'm jealous.

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    1. Me too.. cuz I suspect either the meadow voles, the dogs, or rabbits have been helping themselves. I need a fence around the veg garden!!!

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!