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    Default what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    Everyone says bees don't like salt, but this is the dead spot where I pee off the back porch, can't imagine what else in there that they would be working. What ever it is they must really need it since it's 58 deg and lightly raining.

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    Lol, the real question is how often are you peeing there to kill that much grass?! Either that or what are you drinking? My two dogs don't even kill patches that big.

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    I have 3 daughters, there is NEVER a bathroom open LOL I sat a brown livestock mineral block in it's place and they are all over it, they must me lacking some kind of mineral.

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    My bees work the dirt around the hives pretty frequently.

    Also, remind me never to purchase any honey from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    My bees work the dirt around the hives pretty frequently.

    Also, remind me never to purchase any honey from you.
    likewise, as your's are working pee too, but I am honest enough to disclose it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    likewise, as your's are working pee too, but I am honest enough to disclose it
    There is a leaky well or a spring or something and when it rains like it has been the ground kind of oozes and leaves a layer of water over all of the concrete and keeps the dirt in the cracks wet. Not sure what they're snagging.

    While I pee all over the place, I have never seen them working the places I have peed.

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    I wonder if it's because our soil has a selenium deficiency the block I sat out that they are now all over is for goats in selenium deficient areas and they are all over it now. I wonder if people in other selenium deficient states notice bees on urine tooSelenium Soil Map 03OCT2012 (2).jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    I wonder if it's because our soil has a selenium deficiency the block I sat out that they are now all over is for goats in selenium deficient areas and they are all over it now. I wonder if people in other selenium deficient states notice bees on urine tooSelenium Soil Map 03OCT2012 (2).jpg
    I live in one of those states - I can start some "test spots" - IYKWIM

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    please do and report back LOL

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    I'm in WV and I always pee in the same spot by the chicken coop very near the bees. I've never seen them working that spot. I have a mineral block 10 yards away and I also dump my taxidermy salt there and haven't ever seen the bees on it either. Maybe I just haven't noticed, I'll start making it a point to check but I usually notice everything the bees are working and using. Maybe they have another source they like better. idk

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    This hive had plenty of room last sat ( 4 days ago) they are bearding heavy today as well


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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    Butterflies will go to those pee spots too. Keep an eye out!

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    I'm thinking you should get your blood sugar checked as a precaution

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    Wait, before I watch it.. You're not peeing in the video are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebot View Post
    I'm thinking you should get your blood sugar checked as a precaution
    I doubt I have any more trouble than dogs or horses, both of which have had reports of bees collecting their urine, but just to give you a piece of mind, I just had a wellness exam last week, everything came back A ok. Thanks for the worries though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appalachianoutdoors View Post
    Wait, before I watch it.. You're not peeing in the video are you?
    no it's a muddy bare spot in the rain.

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    another thing that makes me think it's not sugars they are after, is I left my extractor out for 2.5 days for the bees to clean this past weekend and they never touched it except for 2-3 bees.

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    They're making urine honey.

    Didn't I just see a thread where someone said their honey smelled like urine? Must be one of your neighbors.

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    you should try my honey they make from rain puddles on cow poo, It's great for people allergic to bull crap!

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    Default Re: what are these bees collecting in the rain?

    put a salt block out and they started working it instead


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    Last edited by Harley Craig; 07-08-2015 at 05:38 PM.

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