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300 lbs of sugar ready for one feeding, two hives fed from each bucket around 2 gallons per hive. The sugar water will be gone in around 48 hours, if not less. It is 2/1, two parts sugar to one part water and a bit of vinegar to make the sugar water more acidic.

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We are so dry there is minimal nectar being produced. Usually they are in better shape for the winter by now. Since the last inspection they have inhaled any capped honey they had in the hives. And that is with us doing a open feeding of 24 - 5 lb buckets of sugar water. We do have around 5 hives that have a decent amount of capped honey, they get a light feeding the rest we are slamming the sugar water down. Feeding every few days. 300 lbs each time. Costco loves us. Sugar is cheaper at walmart but they don't stock enough, they are out of it every week.

If we drop to 50f they quit taking it and this time of year you never know when it will happen. So we need them ready before a temp drop hits.
 
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Sheesh I hope you didn't find that out the hard way @addy1
lol no stings, but one time I went out side, was bottling honey for the market, did not wash down, next thing I knew I had a invasion of yellow jackets and a few honey bees heading for my arms. Headed right back in washed down with a bunch of soap. Honey is hard to get off. Wasps and bees can smell it.
 
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Well, I did it again! Found three kittens dumped off at work, brought them home, bathed them, and now I’m working on warming the smallest. Gave dad the black boy to care for since his cat passed away, John took the orange boy, and my husband claimed the little tortie girl. She’s much smaller than the boys, and the fleas are worse on her. She’s so skinny! I think I’ll have a challenge to keep her alive. She will be getting formula in addition to unlimited food on offer, plus I’ll be offering her red meat. And momma cat outside may still be making milk, so she will be brought in to see if she will feed them. Saying they will nurse, that is. I almost think that Ryder as I named the torti, is younger, from a different litter.
 
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You have a heart of gold! Good luck with your new charges

Feeding the bee pigs again today and hiding from the darn heat................
 
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So far, kittens are good. The black one stole dads heart by attacking his boots, it was way too funny watching him pretend dads boot was a vicious mouse, then apparently after I left, he pinned dad, waited till dad was reclined in his chair, then pounced, and planted both front paws on his chest, and stared him down, then curled up for a nap! Dads name is Bob, so the guys have named him bob cat, until dad actually picks a name.
 
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Oh boy the start of a new pond dig! @JamieB
Bet you are so excited!
I’ve been kinda started for a while, my older step son said he’d dig it, made just enough of a pit that I twisted my ankle once after the grass grew back. I’ll be excited when I get the liner in, and have it filled! Until then, I’m not holding my breath cause this has been pushed back so much.
 
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So I decided what I want for Christmas. Depending on how things go, either dad or hubby will have to buy it. If dad doesn’t get the truck fixed first, I’ll have hubby spend my portion of my Christmas fund on getting the truck fixed, so then dad will have to get me the pond pump. I’m strongly eyeballing the Alpine Ecosphere pond pump. I’ve heard only good about the laguna max’s, but it’s not submersible from what I was seeing, and I want as little out of the pond as possible, due to critters chewing cords, and how/ where my pond will be located. I lost the last of my goldfish due to heat wave we had, so once I’ve got the new pond established well, I’ll be starting over. I’m thinking 5-10 shubinkin and 1 butterfly koi, but that won’t be till spring at earliest. I may leave the pond empty longer, just to see how it floods with the rains, but I do want something in there to eat the many, many, many!, misquitos that like that area. So may put a good population of my guppies in there, and keep the best looking for my aquarium, bringing in any pretties I see and can catch. That would reduce chances that the heron finds it before I get a net up. I’m liking that idea more and more as I think it over. If the guppies get flooded out, they’ll be food quick like, where goldfish getting free would possibly harm environment. But if I get 3 shubinkin babies, set them up in the mini pond, qt and grow out, they’d be ready after the floods have tested the pond. ( insert deep thought/ plotting look!) Then, the next year, I can continue to improve the area around, fine tune the bog, etc.
 

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