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#1 skyrydr2 ONLINE  

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Posted March 14, 2016 - 07:20 AM

I saw the dangest thing yesterday, and my dad said it has been going on every time it warms above 50° this spring, seems the honey bees( I think that's what they are) are eating or doing something with the chicken grain and bird seed my dad puts out???? Never ever saw any such thing before?? What would cause this??

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Posted March 14, 2016 - 07:43 AM

Oh I will have to take a picture of my back yard.....Yes those are honey bees. They look healthy and active to. You can tell when they are lethargic their bellys are on the ground and they sit still. Hope its not a false spring for them.

 

I took my dogs in yesterday because they will eat the bees, don't ask me how they dont get stung . I have been sutting a lot of pine and they love the pine dust. 


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Posted March 14, 2016 - 04:44 PM

Oh I will have to take a picture of my back yard.....Yes those are honey bees. They look healthy and active to. You can tell when they are lethargic their bellys are on the ground and they sit still. Hope its not a false spring for them.

 

I took my dogs in yesterday because they will eat the bees, don't ask me how they dont get stung . I have been sutting a lot of pine and they love the pine dust. 

I had a female Lab mix that would eat bee's also !



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Posted March 14, 2016 - 06:56 PM

Glad you've got some around. That s good news.
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Posted March 14, 2016 - 07:21 PM

Yes that looks like 3 band Italian Bees, Great producers and normally docile to work!  They will make honey from whatever they can find that will produce sugar. Looks like a lot of ground corn in that feed.  Kind of perilous since the chickens will eat the Bees as well as the feed.

Since it is early for any plants to produce pollen this would be the easiest source, and they will take advantage of the opportunity.


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Posted March 14, 2016 - 07:52 PM

Our German Shepherd had a huge hate on for bees, hornets, anything that sounded aggressive. She'd catch them in the air or swat with her paws and eat them--- never seemed to get stung.
I wonder if there is enough moisture in the ground and in the grain your dad puts out to ferment or activate the sugars in the grain. That would attract bees, especially this time of year when there isn't much bee food around.
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Posted March 14, 2016 - 08:19 PM

I remember my old Norwegian Elkhound hated bees and wasps as well. But he was always getting stung. He'd come up to the house with his nose or snout swelled up. He'd go rub his face in mud and never seemed to bother him.

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 03:07 AM

Chickens are annoyed with them but don't eat them for some reason.. Which is a good thing, folks about 1/2 mile away have honey bees, must be some of theirs? I'm very glad to see them, as they will be key to my produce garden :-)
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 09:41 AM

Chickens are annoyed with them but don't eat them for some reason.. Which is a good thing, folks about 1/2 mile away have honey bees, must be some of theirs? I'm very glad to see them, as they will be key to my produce garden :-)

They will fly 3-4 miles to gather pollen.  The first year I kept bees, the state had done a lot of work on the highway about 3 miles from my house and had a lot of sweet clover in the reseeding mix. The honey O got was almost crystal clear and the best I had ever eaten.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 07:31 AM

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This is just one small area .... but we got bees everywhere

 

 

These are owned by a neighbor that lives about 3 houses down.

 

I have a jack rustle and she is fun to watch as she runs lunges and changes directions while in the air trying to catch the bees ...my beagle on the other hand will never catch one unless it lands on his tongue 



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Posted March 17, 2016 - 08:52 AM

Maybe they are brewing up a batch of corn whiskey honey, just needed some corn to start their mash :smilewink:






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