The bees are doing the strangest thing. They are obsessed with the chicken food, groups of them buzzing and crawling over it all day.
The chickens are a little nervous about this, but they eat anyway.
It started as soon as I opened the last bag of chicken food, so the only thing I can guess is that this particular batch has a lot of pollen in it. If there was some weed in the field or one of the grains in flower at harvest time, pollen might have come to be ground into the feed, and the honeybees are scavenging it right out of the chicken trough.
Every day, the bees are in every chicken dish, all day, working. I’ve never seen such a thing before.
I just started making kefir again. I think it took me a while to get over the loss of the culture I had going for years, and I needed time to be ready for a new culture in my life. This new culture is exceedingly vigorous, like it’s got something to prove.
Throughout all those years rinsing the grains with my fingers, it never occurred to me there might be a better way.
I finally had an aha moment, though. I sewed a little bag out of nylon screen (like, bug screen), that fits into a mason mouth. Simple, open on top.
Then the grains get rinsed off while they’re in the bag! You don’t have to chase after them. Genius!
I can’t imagine why I didn’t think of something of the sort ages ago.