Happy May, everyone!
Spring-time happenings are in full swing on the farm – and the Farm Dogs have been getting dirty planting and playing in the mud and even doing some cycling when the sun decides to cooperate.
It’s cool and wet today, but the sun has been shining, and the bees having been busy in the orchard doing their bee duties and generally buzzing around.
We had a BEE SWARM. Actually, we’ve now had 3 swarms, so the bee population around here is in pretty good shape.
A BEE SWARM is what happens when one hive has two queens. One queen will leave the hive, and take ten thousand or so of her closest, most personal worker-bee friends with her. They take up residence, en-masse, in a nearby tree and stand on each others backs, heads, and skinny bee-legs surrounding her majesty.
They look something like this:
Farm Dog Finn is new to farming, and as such is one curious little dog. Ever since the hives were brought in, she’ll follow the buzzing sound to the hive and sniff those bees out. The fact that they can get in and out of those boxes is pretty puzzling to our Finn; a lot of things are…
When Farm Dog Finn found a swarm in a tree, it really threw her! She could hear the bees again, but now she could see them too – gotta sniff this one out! But alas, poor Finny had stuck her nose into one too many proverbial beehives. This time, the bees struck back – and Finn was once again confused – but now confused and stung. She tried to run away; she tried to hide under the truck; but having bees stuck in your fur coat is like have a mosquito stuck in the hair by your ear. There’s no escape!