We inspected the beehives today. Usually Jenn does this by herself, but this time I helped out, since we were anticipating adding honey supers.
Here’s a frame with a bunch of brood (worker cells), and a little honey in the upper corners:
A bunch of honey. Note, all of this honey isn’t stuff we’ll harvest; it’s in the two brood boxes, for the bees to eat over winter:
Look what we spotted — the queen! I circled her on the picture. It can be tricky to spot the queen, amongst the thousands of other bees (plus she likes to hide away from the light); usually we just see the eggs she lays:
A foundationless frame, where the bees make their own comb, with a little honey:
Lots of honey, with some damaged cross-comb, where the bees connect two frames:
Another great-looking foundationless frame of honey:
Adding a honey super. This is a Flow box, designed to make it easier to harvest honey; we have one Flow hive (for liquid honey) and one regular hive (for comb honey):
Elk are magestic beasts, fun to look at… but they are also (literally) big menaces, particularly frustrated males.
Recently we found some of our apple trees damaged by elk rubbing on them:
And not satisfied with that, last night one broke our new oak tree in the field:
Since it wasn’t completely broken, I thought I’d try repairing it. No guarantees it’ll recover, but it’s worth trying. Several sites recommended putting bolts through the trunk, and using caulk to seal up the breaks, so that’s what I did:
I also added a bit of fencing around it, to make it harder to get to, though it won’t slow down the elk much:
At the back of our workshop building is a small bathroom, with a toilet and shower, and space for a sink, though there isn’t one there currently. The previous owners ripped up some of the walls to fix a leak, so it’s a bit of a mess.
Anyway, last winter I left the water on (foolishly) and a pipe sprang a leak behind the shower enclosure. So recently we’ve been working on ripping out the enclosure, so I could get to the pipe. We have plans to remodel the bathroom at some point, including installing a tiled shower, so having to remove the old enclosure wasn’t too dismaying.
Here’s the enclosure as we worked on getting it loose:
This tool, a reciprocating saw (often called a Sawzall, though that’s a trademark), was particularly useful in removing the enclosure:
In particular because I needed to cut a chunk out of the base, to fit it around the door to get it out of the bathroom:
Here you can see the leak, from the bottom pipe (cold water) in the corner:
I chopped out a chunk of the corner:
Then replaced it; it was quite fiddly, tucked in the corner between two studs like that; I needed to remove part of a stud to give me room to fit the pipes together:
The chicks are now two months old… and they’re definitely getting bigger! It’s hard to realize how fast they are growing when I see them every day, but after going away for a few days, I certainly noticed the change.
They’ve still got lots of growing to do; they’ll be about twice the size when fully grown, and their combs and wattles are just starting. But almost all of the baby fuzz has been replaced with feathers now.