Saturday, May 5, 2012


Two days ago D.J. and I decided to go take some pictures of my white and black calf. We drove over to the pasture that some of our calves are in and took some pictures of it. Here are the pictures I took.

My calf and another one.


Another picture.


They were kind of hidden.


 My cow and calf.


Friday, May 4, 2012

New Camera!

Well, the camera we had been using kind of quit working. Again. So after having D.J. research some different cameras we ordered one. It arrived yesterday so today we tested it out. :) Here are some of the (many)pictures we took.

Backflip. We were testing the high speed burst.

Honey Bee.

Carpenter Bee(I think).

Bumble Bee.

Ducks flying.


Geese taking off.

Another picture of geese flying.

 These geese were right over the top of a hill and we didn't see them until we came over the top. They were about to take off but then decided they'd just waddle away from us.




Monday, April 9, 2012

D.J. Fixed it!

A little while ago D.J. came down and somehow had managed to fix the camera using the information from something he found on the internet. :) Hopefully it will stay fixed. Right now my memory card is full though so I need to clear the images off of it.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

No more pictures

As the title suggests I will probably be posting very few pictures if any because our primary camera has cratered. Until we get it repaired or get a new camera I probably won't be posting much for pictures.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Queen marking

Two days ago(29th) I received my Mann lake order. I ordered 20lbs of Bee Pro(Pollen substitute), yellow marking pen(years ending with 2 and 7), white marking pen( 1 and 6), and a bee jacket. I also got a box of entrance disks(For my nucs) from Brushy Mountain. I guess I'll get to my inspection.
We opened up H4, and began searching the frames for the queen. I pulled out a frame of bees and began searching it when Mom spotted the queen on the other side. I quickly turned the frame around and sure enough, there was the queen, running around the frame like her abdomen was on fire. I handed the frame to Mom and began trying to grab the queen. She(the queen) was running as fast as her little six legs could carry her! I reached to grab her by the wings but she zoomed out of the way, leaving a worker in her place. My fingers brushed over the worker bee before I realized my original target was fleeing for her life!
After several more tries, the queen somehow found her way up my hand and began frantically running around, wondering where she was. I was praying she wouldn't fly off my hand and into the wild blue yonder. My hands were shaking as I reached for her; what if I smashed her by accident? At last I managed to grab her by the wings(or I might have only got one wing, not sure, either way she was pretty upset). I put my finger next to her and she grabbed onto it, trying to get enough traction to wrench herself free. I grabbed her legs between my pointer finger and my thumb, then let go of her wings and grabbed my marking pen(white because she's a 2011 queen). Somehow(not sure how, maybe Mom got it) I got the cap off of it and gently dabbed the white paint on her thorax(back). After finishing the work, I held her for a little longer before releasing her, I'm hoping I let the paint dry sufficiently before releasing her. If I didn't, the workers probably cleaned her off as soon as I let her her go(Note: Next time get a cage to put her in until the paint dries). After finishing my adventure with the queen we added a Mega bee patty to the hive and we closed it up.
After finishing up with H4 I moved onto H3.
When we opened up H3 we were greeted by a full hive body of bees! This hive is BOOMING; I think I'm going to split it this spring. Unfortunately I couldn't find the queen on it but I saw eggs so I guess it's okay. We added half a Mega Bee patty(because they had plenty of pollen) and a sheet of candy.
H2 was still kind of weak but it's growing. After searching the frames I found the queen. It wasn't quite as exciting as on H4(Because she wasn't running around) but it was still an experience. After marking and releasing the queen we closed it up and moved onto H1.
H1 was really strong(not quite as strong as H3). We searched the frames, hoping to find the queen but all we found was lots of bees. We added a Mega bee patty and closed it up.
All the hives are bringing in lots of pollen(some of it is from buffalo berries), some orange and some light yellow, almost white.
Overall, queen marking for the first time was terrifying, and awesome! It is really cool to hold your queen in your hand, but is terrifying as you chase her all over the frame, trying to catch her with that little voice in the back of your head saying, "You're gonna smash her!"


Thursday, March 22, 2012


A few weeks ago I found some nuc plans for nucs made out of plywood. If you want to look at the beesource thread I found them on click here. A few days ago dad cut some plywood for me so I could make four of these nucs. So far I've got all four built though I'm still working on the lids. For four nucs we use a 4' X 8' piece of half inch plywood. It's pretty cheep to make them which is nice. I just put mine together with our power nailer which makes it go pretty fast. Here are a couple of pictures of my nucs.


Monday, March 19, 2012

March Inspection

Yesterday was a really nice day so Mom and I inspected my four bee hives. We managed to get D.J. to take a few pictures too.
Hive 4 looked a lot stronger than when we first inspected it. It had eaten quiet a bit of its candy(not all of it) and almost all of its pollen patty. I inspected a few frames and saw eggs. We added half a sheet of candy and a pollen patty.
Hive 3 was booming, they'd eaten all of their candy and all of their pollen patty. I checked a couple of frames and saw eggs. We added a sheet of candy and a pollen patty.
By this time we were out of pollen patties and candy so we went back to the house, made some candy and thawed out some pollen patties before heading out to the hives.
Hive 2 was kind of weak, we added half a sheet of candy to it and half a pollen patty. I managed to spot the queen on it which was really neat. They also had capped brood, larvae, and eggs which surprised me because they must have been laying before I added the pollen patty.
Hive 1 was doing really well but strangely hadn't eaten much of its candy at all, we added some more candy and replaced the pollen patty they had eaten. I saw capped brood on it as well. Managed to spot the queen too. All four hives were very docile so next time I plan on inspecting them without gloves. :)
Here are a few pictures.

Us inspecting Hive 4.

A frame of bees.

Spot the queen! :) Tip: She's the darker colored bee with the longer abdomen and shiny thorax(back). Also click the image to enlarge it. If you're still having trouble click here.