A New Location for the Honeybees

Posted by F&S

With winter approaching, Martha and Carlos decided that the bee hives should be moved to a different location, where they would be protected from the harsh winter winds and where they would receive sunlight throughout most of the day.  After driving around, they decided that the stable parking lot was just the right place.

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Look, Franny.  This is where Uncle Carlos moved the honeybee hives.  Let's go say hello and see how they are adjusting!

1 Look, Franny. This is where Uncle Carlos moved the honeybee hives. Let's go say hello and see how they are adjusting!

Hello bees!  Francesca and I want to know how your hives are doing!  We know that winter is a very rough time for bees. There are many factors that can cause a hive to fail in the winter, such as starvation, disease, and wet hives.

2 Hello bees! Francesca and I want to know how your hives are doing! We know that winter is a very rough time for bees. There are many factors that can cause a hive to fail in the winter, such as starvation, disease, and wet hives.

Ah, there's a lot more direct sunlight over here which will provide more warmth for the bees during the winter, and help to dry out the hives in the event of rain or snow.  That's definitely going to help!

3 Ah, there's a lot more direct sunlight over here which will provide more warmth for the bees during the winter, and help to dry out the hives in the event of rain or snow. That's definitely going to help!

Come on, Sharkey!  Let's go to the site of their old home by the chicken coop to make sure there aren't any lost bees!

4 Come on, Sharkey! Let's go to the site of their old home by the chicken coop to make sure there aren't any lost bees!

This used to be an ideal spot for the bees as it is right next to the cutting garden, but there are no flowers left for the bees.  Bees convert nectar into honey and use it as food in the winter.

5 This used to be an ideal spot for the bees as it is right next to the cutting garden, but there are no flowers left for the bees. Bees convert nectar into honey and use it as food in the winter.

Hey bees! Sharkey and I are here to tell you that you don't live here anymore! Your hives are by the stable now!

6 Hey bees! Sharkey and I are here to tell you that you don't live here anymore! Your hives are by the stable now!

Hey chickens!  Would you mind doing us a favor?  The bee hives have been moved, but some of the bees seem to be confused and are still coming back here!

7 Hey chickens! Would you mind doing us a favor? The bee hives have been moved, but some of the bees seem to be confused and are still coming back here!

It would be so kind of you ladies to tell any stray bees that the hives are now located by the stable.

8 It would be so kind of you ladies to tell any stray bees that the hives are now located by the stable.

It is true that drones have a life expectancy of 90 days and are often kicked out of the hive in the autumn to conserve food for the winter, but we want to prevent that from happening if we can!

9 It is true that drones have a life expectancy of 90 days and are often kicked out of the hive in the autumn to conserve food for the winter, but we want to prevent that from happening if we can!

Don't worry, chickens and roosters.  We'll make sure you're taken care of in the winter, as well.  The guys always make sure you're warm enough with heat lamps and all!

10 Don't worry, chickens and roosters. We'll make sure you're taken care of in the winter, as well. The guys always make sure you're warm enough with heat lamps and all!

Franny, I feel like we've done our part to help our friends, the honeybees.  Let's see what else we can do around the farm today!

11 Franny, I feel like we've done our part to help our friends, the honeybees. Let's see what else we can do around the farm today!

Comments (8)

  • Good morning everybody,
    Gals, you do keep a good watch over all your friends on the farm. We had quite a stormy front go through yesterday, sure hope it calms down before it gets to your home.
    Have a great day all..
    your pal,
    Rebel

  • Ladies,
    You girls are not only hard workers, you are fearless as well. I don't know if I would be hanging around a bee hive. That was very considerate of you to alert the chickens about stray bees.
    I see we got a newbie yesterday. Welcome Mitzie, hope you enjoy our company. Karen wanted me to tell everyone that she is very touched that you are thinking of her son. She said everyone that comments on here is so thoughtful and a great bunch.
    Speaking of Karen, it is her birthday today so I am going to surprise her. I am going to get the rest of the chows together and we are going to practice the Happy Birthday song. She is out cleaning the yard up right now but when she comes back in, we are going to "sing" to her. I would like to stay on here and talk to everyone but we chows need lots of practice to get this song right and to stay in tune so I have to go.
    Love you all,
    Maddox

  • Ohhh, how very nice of you to be concerned about the drone bees! I do hope they had found their way back...I learned something new about bees today. :)

    Thank You Francesca and Sharkey for sharing that information!

    BEE good today! ;) ;)

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., I absolutely love you two beautiful, helpful, caring young ladies! You are so thoughtful to take care of all the animals at Martha's farm and also to take care of the honeybees so that they will survive through winter time and be ready to pollenate everything they can at the farm!! Dearest Maddox, your are also a very thoughtful chow who cares about everyone you know! How fun that you and your friends will sing Happy Birthday to Karen today! Please wish her a Happy Birthday from me, also! Sure hope everyone has a great day! It's kind of cold here, but the sun might come out for today-sure would love it! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • When will we see Princess Peony and Empress Tang again? The feline followers have missed seeing them and all their feline mischief.

  • Hello Ladies,
    First let me welcome our new friend, Mitsy. Your breed is not one I am familiar with. I am a 10 year old French Bulldog Tiger Brindle. I have Crohn's Disease, but am being very well cared for. Now, for this moving of the bees......scarey, scarey, and double scarey. Francesca and Sharkey, you are the best helpers and friends to all the farm residents. Mama Martha must be sooooo proud of you girls. Mom and I saw your photos in the Christmas magazine of Mama's here and there. We are excited for all those neat things in the magazine to be on her show. Best get going, I hear breakfast a calling. Oh, Mitsy, where exactly in the south do you live? I live in Lakewood, Colorado.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Yesterday the gremlins ate my post. You two are so helpful to everyone of your animal pals on the farm. I think it's funny that the chickens kept their distance from you. They need to work on their trust issues. :wink:

    Happy Birthday Karen! If Maddox can get the others Chows together, their birthday song to you should be "interesting." Hope your son is doing better. Welcome aboard Misty hope to see you around these parts often. :smile:

  • Happy birthday Karen, from me and my fellow cattle-dogs..wow..bees, now I am not fond of them, got stung on the roof of my mouth when I was a youngster..it hurt! but still glad you are helping them be cozy for the winter..chickens are wierd guys..always squawking and nervous..we have some resident mallards and wood ducks on our ponds..no chickens..it is beauty appointment day here..no not for me ..I am au natural..but Lucinda says blonde is her color..(natural or not)..so maybe I can hop a ride in the tundra and go to town with her...I'm out here..cora-belle P.s. I like kitties, too, what are the fur-balls up to?

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