Ducklings day 40

As you will have seen in the YouTube video posted earlier, today I improved the steps into the duckling pool.

Here’s a GIF from yesterday of five ducklings in the pool, and flapping wings:

Swimming GIF

A still of those wings; still got more growing to do, but definitely looking more feathery every day:


Another shot of five in the pool:

Five in the pool

From the pond cam, Bert on the island, and me closing up the duck house last night:

Bert on the island, David at the duck house

This morning I brought a couple concrete blocks over to the duck house, and used them to make better steps for the pool, almost like a ramp:

Improved steps for pool

Inside the pool, I added bricks on either side of the steps, since they often want to get out somewhere other than the steps, and as a ledge to stand on:

Improved steps for pool

The ducklings came out to investigate while I was still filling the pool:


Once I was done filling, Betty headed straight in:


A couple in the pool, a couple stretching to reach treats from outside:

Ducklings in pool

Three in the pool:

Ducklings in pool

The water is now deep enough that they can’t touch the bottom, so they get their first taste of actual swimming:

Ducklings in pool

Ducklings in pool


Ducklings in pool

Ducklings in pool

Ducklings in pool

Bert watching with me:

Ducklings in pool


Ducklings really swimming in kiddie pool

In my previous video, the water level in the kiddie pool was fairly low, so the ducklings were more wading than swimming. Today, I rearranged the steps, and made the water more deep, so they could actually swim for the first time.

Watch their feet zipping along as they get used to this new experience!

Beehive inspection in July 2020

A couple of days ago we did a beehive inspection. Jenn was rewarded with a couple of stings through her glove, though fortunately she appears to have only got a little of the venom before dislodging the stingers, since they didn’t swell up too badly.

Cedar hive: we checked on the Flow super; it is fairly empty, so we didn’t harvest it. We’ll do one harvest when we remove it next month:

Cedar Flow super

Cedar honey and brood frame:

Cedar honey and brood frame

Cedar honey and brood frame:

Cedar honey and brood frame

Cedar brood frame; adequate capacity:

Cedar brood frame

Cedar brood frame:

Cedar brood frame

Hot pink hive: a very nice honey frame:

Hot pink honey frame

Hot pink brood frame; look closely towards the top in the middle, you can see a baby bee emerging from a cell:

Hot pink brrod frame with bee emerging

Hot pink brood frame:

Hot pink brood frame

Orange frame:

Orange honey frame

Purple honey frame:

Purple honey frame

Turquoise hive: a nice honey frame:

Turquoise honey frame

Turquoise brood frame:

Turquoise brood frame

Yellow honey and brood frame; the yellow Flow super also didn’t have much honey, so again we’ll harvest when removing it later:

Yellow honey and brood frame

Here are all hives; the pink and turquoise hives were looking a little near capacity, so we added a Ross round super to the pink one, and regular honey super to the turquoise one; they probably won’t have time to do much with those, but that should relieve any pressure to swarm:

All hives

All hives

The left three hives; the orange hive is still looking weak, so we’re continuing to feed it. They better get a move on if they want to survive the winter:

Left three hives

The right three hives, all with honey supers. We still need to add a proper base on the turquoise hive; we got one, but they sent the wrong size (10 instead of 8 frame), so we’ll have to get another one sometime. The temporary base is fine for now, though:

Right three hives

The grass was getting rather long around the hives, so after the inspection I mowed while wearing my bee suit, and used shears to cut the grass under the hive stands:

Mowed around hives