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    2020 Swarms

    Hi everyone! I thought I would post some pics of the 2020 swarms we caught! Enjoy!
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    A Beautiful day gone terribly bad...a sad smoker story

    It all started so beautiful! Got a call last night to pick up a swarm in a nearby big city. Also had a swarm go into one of our traps only a couple of miles away from where the phone in request to collect the new swarm. The picture they sent me last night was sooooo beautiful...in fact, for...
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    Wow, fed our sheep last year with alfalfa/pea bales and now we keep having triplets!

    Title says it all! For the last few years, we normally only have twins or singles. Switched to an alfalfa/pea mix last year, and wa-la, seeing triplets arriving one after another... My only regret is that we didn't discover this sooner! I think the alfalfa/pea mix had polliwogs in it or...
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    2019 Honeybee swarms, lessons, successes and learning experiences

    Hi again everyone! So sorry for being off the grid so long...went through some challenging times. It sure is good to be back in the saddle and riding again! Caught our 5th swarm a couple of minutes ago. This swarm arrived in the same exact spot as another swarm about a week ago. So far...
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    The Ultimate Solution for the Wax Moth Problem

    I took these pics a while back during the spring when wax moths were giving us a bit of trouble with out bee hives... We noticed a sudden decrease in wax moths but weren't sure why... Well, during a night time inspection, we discovered we had acquired a special helper... Might say a special...
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    How to make a Screened Bottom Board for pennies

    How to make a Screened Bottom Board for pennies We have tried both solid and screened bottom boards. We live in a part of California where winters are fairly mild, so I suppose that is a big factor. Solid BB's did not work so well for us for a number of reasons... 1. Lots of crap built up on...
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    The Tall Tale of the Poor Beekeeper Who Saved the Swarm of Bees

    Once upon a time there was a very poor beekeeper. He loved bees and wanted to help them. One day, as he was walking through the forest, he heard a very interesting noise...Buzzzzzz, buzzzz buzzz went the noise! As the poor beekeeper looked up, he saw much to his surprise, a wonderful swarm of...
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    2018: Bee hive swarms, colonies, lessons, etc.

    Welcome again everyone! The 2017 Beehive swarm information thread was becoming quite long and large. There is also a substantial difference between last year and this year in regards to rain, nectar flow, temperatures, etc. I have decided to begin a new thread for 2018. I thought it...
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    Is there anything special I should do to prepare a sheep for slaughter?

    Hi all! We are preparing to harvest our first lambs ever. Just wondering, Is there anything special I should do to prepare a sheep for slaughter? Questions: 1. Shall we fatten them up by feeding them grain for a few weeks? 2. Anything special to do in the last couple of days before harvest...
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    What the heck did this? [Warning: Graphic photos]!

    Well, my wife's favorite lamb is our new white lamb whom she named, "Snow." My favorite of all time are 4 new black lambs...incredibly healthy and incredibly fast runners even though they are only a few weeks old. Last week I saw these black rams running 30-40 mph in our pasture and it was a...
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    How many days until we can wean the lamb off the artificial milk?

    Hi everyone and glad to be back! Hope all is well and wishing everyone here a very happy new year. Having some ewes reject/refuse to feed their lambs... We found a beautiful white lamb on the ground, not cleaned off...enough to break yer heart! My wife fell head over heels in love with this...
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    OUCH! Four sheep dead in one day! What is going on?

    Hi again everyone! So sorry to have been away for so long...we have been a bit overwhelmed with all the work around the ranch: Planting new perennial pastures Planting large areas with Fava beans More fencing Excavating Cut, split, and stack 30+ cords of wood Building more hive boxes, tops...
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    One American Blackbelly totally blind, another w/reoccurring eye infections

    Title says it all... One American Blackbelly ewe totally blind, another w/reoccurring eye infections. We recently started to realize one of our American Blackbelly ewes is either blind or near blind. She keeps running into fences, not knowing where to go. Not really sure what to do. Another...
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    Dorper X lamb, not drinking milk, lethargic, one eye closed...

    Hi everyone! I would like to begin by thanking all the precious people that have helped us on BYH over the last couple of years. Thanks for helping us achieve some measure of success in raising sheep and bees! And now to the challenge.... Dorper X lamb [half Dorper, half Barbados], healthy...
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    Lamb born in 114F temps. Any special precautions?

    Hi everyone! Sure has been a long time since I visited this portion of BYH! I suppose that is good news! Ok, most ewes here are giving twins every 8 months now, so we are very happy about this. We were losing money for the first year, and now, finally, have free lawn mowers, free food, and...
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    How soon after giving birth can ewes be mated again?

    Hi again everyone! Noticed some of my rams slamming ewes daily 1-2 months after the ewes gave birth. These ewes are still milk feeding their 1-2 month old lambs...isn't this a bit early, or, is it normal for sheep? How soon after giving birth can ewes be mated again? Thanks, Soar
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    Wounded Turkey...

    Neighbor called us yesterday about a genuine emergency. Spring turkey season started up on Saturday. He mentioned spotting a wounded turkey on his property and asked if we could help him. :hu We gladly obliged. :D He asked about taking the bird to the animal rescue center. We shared a...
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    Sheep beginning to show signs of a little bloat...now sure why, not sure what to do...

    Our sheep are still "mowing " the neighbor's forest. I send em' over every morning, they return home every evening. On rare occasion, they will remain on my pasture and eat the planted pasture of annual rye, 3 types of clover, chickory, birdsfoot trefoil, etc. But lately, they really seem to...
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    Is it ok to let our sheep graze perennial pasture planted 3 months ago?

    Ok, we planted for the first time ever, a perennial pasture 3 months ago. I think the Ag agent told us no sheep on the new pasture for an entire year...but now I cannot remember for sure... Here's the problem: the grass is now nearly 12-16 inches high and we need it mowed or trimmed I believe...
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    Do we really need to feed our sheep dried alfalfa or dried clover?

    Ok, I am a little confused on this matter at the moment... Our sheep now have access to marvelous forage that includes all the fresh clover, winter rye grass, chickory, birdfoot trefoil, that they could possibly want or need. Also, in the back forest area, they have access to massive amounts...
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