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Framing an oddball un-framed comb.

Helped out a lovely beekeeping couple today. They installed packages in their hive a month or so ago and forgot to replace all the frames. The result: Whole sheets of comb where there shouldn't be. This is a photo after I (Todd) cut-to-size the excess comb of one hive to fit in a deep frame.

If you look closely, you can see the rubber bands I pre-positioned at the ends of the frame. The next photo, which I forgot to take, would show that I moved the rubber bands in to hold the loose comb in place. We did that and put it back into the hive towards the center, and then added the other missing frames. In a short period of time, the bees will clean everything up and rebuild the comb attaching it to the frame. Fun fun!

Tip1: That comb is not wired in... so you have to be careful when you inspect that frame from now on. On a hot day, it can fall out of the frame if you are not careful.

Tip2: Use a serrated bread knife (that red knife in this picture) to cut honey comb.
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Overgrazed. Need to be more careful. #sheep
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13, 14, and 15 lambs!
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5/16/18
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What better way to celebrate motherhood than by becoming a mother on Mother's Day! Times two! :)

Lambs #8 and #9 just arrived! Congratulations, #92!
#LambWatch
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#ifarm #lambwatch Introducing #6 (aka #118.1) ... this one came with a lot of drama and a 2am visit to the emergency vet (for the mother). Mother is recovering reasonably well.
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Saturday Morning Surprise
#LambWatch

This is our first lamb of the season. We are all holding our breaths until all our ewes come through with no issues and the lambs get through the first couple weeks.

This particular ewe never allows us to get near her, so... these two will have to figure things out on their own. Sheep are resilient, so we are optimistic.
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5/5/18
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We're always astounded at mankind's attempts to work around problems rather than actually solving them.
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#science - The EU taking a leadership role and getting serious about our impact on #pollinators. It's not just about honey #bees.
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A great discussion about "peak phosphorus" and some ingenious ideas for how to capture phosphorus that is otherwise wasted.

What isn't discussed, of course, is how our reliance on mined or refined fertilizer is an sure indication that was are "doing farming wrong". For most farms today, we use methods that strip soil of life and nutrients. And then we try to compensate with chemical and mined fertilizers. It's a bit of madness, this level of waste We are really good at converting soil to dirt.

Regardless, it's an interesting listen.
#BigAg #Unsustainability
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