Category Archive: Beekeeping

Dec 01

Heat Wave

It’s been in the high 50′s and low 60′s for more than a week now, with lows that often didn’t get below 50. It’s the kind of warm spell you would kill for in mid March that brings the Silver Maple’s into bloom and gives the bees a huge jump start in spring. The kind …

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Oct 20

Fall Is Here

Last week brought our first hard freeze finishing off what goldenrod remained and the last of the tomatoes in the garden.  Only the small white asters remain for the bees.  Most of the hives are all set for winter and have plenty of stores, but I am still feeding quite a few of the mid …

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Sep 29

Honey Harvest, the Epilogue

The honey harvest is finished as of this past weekend.  I was a bit dissapointing this year as the yield was 40% less than last year.  Considering I had more hives in production than last year and the average per hive was probably 50% of normal (and perhaps 60% of last years average).  But it …

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Sep 20

What are queens thinking?

Sometimes I really wonder what queens are thinking.  I came home today to and looking out the window of my bedroom where my observation hive is mounted I saw what looked like a queen, motionless on the ground a foot away from the extrance tube.  Looking closer I saw the white dot on her back, …

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Sep 20

Found a Queen!

In the worst possible place.

This past weekend was spent combining mating nucs back into full size hives and inspecting the rest of my hives. I actually took Friday off of work and spend 3 solid days doing nothing but combining and inspecting. If it weren’t for the heavy fog Friday and Saturday morning I …

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Sep 12

The Bees are Gone

Varroa Mite on Drone Pupae

Wrapping and sealing everything that had honey in it, including supers, uncapping tank and the extractor did keep the bees out. They didn’t loose interest right away, but after opening the garage door it didn’t take half the day before most of the workers quickly lost interest in the workshop. Of course now when I …

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Sep 08

Bees Everywhere.

Robbing Bees #1

It didn’t work. I had attempted to attract the bees away from the honey house by putting out wet supers nearby (within 100′). But they clearly were more interested in the honey house than ever. When I returned home on Thursday there were more bees in the building than ever. Most seemed to be getting …

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Sep 07

Let the Extracting Begin.

Extracting actually began several weeks ago. But between queen orders, the county fair, physically getting the honey off the hives and into the honey house for extraction and the labor day weekend I really haven’t had the time to extract much. I’m probably only a 3rd done and I should have been done …

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Sep 07

Last Queens of the Season Shipped.

The last queens bees of the season shipped out yesterday. With luck USPS will deliver them on time this Friday.  It’s hard to belive the season is already over, but it’s now time to start combining nucs and get hives in shape for winter.

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Aug 31

Queen Bees the Key to Longer Life?

Are queen honey bees really the key to longer life? At least one researcher thinks so according to this article ‘An age-old question: will wax slow wane?‘, but I doubt it. Unless I’ve failed to learn anything about bees since I started keeping and studying them some 6 years ago, Mr. David Vaux of …

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