Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bee Water

I have blogged before about bees and their need for water. We've had some warm days recently and a couple of unlikely spots for drinking - this is an old dog watering bowl near the garden and the bowl with the rock is on top of the chicken house.
Of course, I have two ponds with some goldfish and plants and an old whiskey barrel with plants. They have lots of available water - it's always interesting where they choose to drink.
Murky water normally has a distinctive taste and smell that helps foragers find the source, while clean water seems harder for them to pinpoint. Honey chemistry has a simple procedure for destroying pathogens, so any undesirable water attributes are not passed to the honey.