♫… If You Go Out in the Woods Today…♫
♫… You’ll Never Believe Your Eyes…♫
While visitors and guests are always welcome here at Hunny-Bunny Farm, and we do have many, the midnight visit paid last night was most, most unwelcome. It seems that a bear must have dropped in for a midnight snack on some honey. He managed to get one hive and efficiently dismantled the entire hive from the rail supports to the outer cover. Inner cover, queen excluder, frames, sugar feeder, and the super, (that is the box itself), were strewn about the backyard like Christmas morning at an orphanage.
I discovered the hive at about six o’clock this morning on letting out the dogs. Unfortunately, if we had had fair weather overnight I might have been able to save what remained of the honeybees, but it rained in torrents here so though some bees were alive, most lay in scattered and drenched clusters of living and dead bees on the lawn. I saved the remaining clusters but they are so small in number that they will struggle to stay alive until the warm weather arrives.
Though I was not able to see the telltale signs of bear, that is, foot prints and claw marks on the frames, it is most likely a juvenile bear had paid us a visit because there simply are not critters about in the woods that would be strong enough to wrench the hives off their moorings most especially since it was strapped to the same moorings. In fact, you will see the base mooring sitting in front of the hive debris in the first picture below.
The worse part of all this is that now that Yogi has discovered a relatively easy meal he will likely be back not only to finish off the this hive but also attack the two remaining hives. That said my wife and I are such kindred spirits that she will likely volunteer to set out on the back deck all night with her shotgun like Granny Clampett… what a sport! Anyway here are the graphic photos:
The last two pictures are to give an idea of the deep woods that surround our house which is home to many, many woodland critters.
So… There you have it, these bees have been a trial since I started keeping them back in 2000! Yet I keep coming back to them year after year. I’m wondering if God is trying to tell me something… Well, I dun’no, but clearly I may be forced by this bruin to reconsider the future of beekeeping here at Hunny-Bunny Farm… yet somehow it doesn’t sound right to just call it –Bunny Farm
On a more sober note prayers are requested for the daughter of one of our parish family. She had a severe accident about ten days ago and is in hospital in very serious condition.
Richard of Danbury, D. S. G.