Category Archive: Beekeeping

May 25

Unintentional 2 Queen Hives

2 Queens in one hive.

One of my goals this year, among others, is to have all my queens marked.  So in the course of routine inspections I’ve been making an attempt to find the queen and mark her, because it is much easier to find them now than later in the season when their population is much higher. (or …

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May 09

The positive side of big winter losses.

Old Dirty Comb

At first it’s hard to think of a positive side of losing 55% (or more) of your hives.  It means lost sales of nucs, queens, expense and time buying packages and/or making splits and possibly a reduced honey crop because split hives aren’t as strong as they should be when the flow starts.

But there …

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May 08

It’s not CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder)!

Any other beekeeper out there sick and tired about hearing this ‘mysterious’ bee disease, CCD (Colony colapse disorder?).  The coverage has been overwhelming from national to local TV coverage (on every network including PBS), radio and newspapers down the small local papers.  And it seems to be increasing with attention from even the US congress.  …

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May 04

Honey from Yellow Jackets?

Yellow Jackets promoting Honey?

The image to the right is NOT, I repeat, NOT a honey bee.  Nor has anyone figured out how to get honey out of them.  It is rather a yellow jacket, a type of wasp.  They are the stinging insect that hangs around garbage cans at amusement parks and ball games, especially in the fall, …

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Apr 24

First Graft of 2007

Grafing Queen Bees

I’m only running about 2 weeks late due to the weather.  On Friday I made up a strong queenless hive by removing a queen a couple frames of brood and bees from a hive, placing them in a five frame nuc.   Then adding a full medium of bees and brood to the now queenless hive.   …

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Apr 23

The Bees are Here!

Package Bees

After 2 weeks of delays, the bees are here.  110 packages of bees arrived around 7 and Saturday.  While I was eager to get them started, I really didn’t mind the delay due to all the bad weather, and even snow we had the previous weeks.  By 8 the first beekeeper had already picked …

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Apr 14

Snowstorm (in mid April?)

Snow in April

It seems like winter just doesn’t want to let go this spring.  I’ve actually seen snow falling more than half the days this past week.  It hasn’t been terribly warm this week and the snow that has been sweeping across the country from Colorado to the Northeast arived this afternoon.  I couldn’t get a picture …

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Apr 09

Where Did April Go?

Snow Forcast

What is wrong with this picture?  April and today at 41 degrees, was the warmest day in the past 6.  4 of those days I’ve awoke to find snow on the ground.  (I had a picture of hives in the snow take just yesterday, but it was on a new camera phone and I just …

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Mar 15

Winter Losses

As I wrote the previous post I know losses were high.  But until I got into the rest of the yards, I didn’t know how high. At home they weren’t too bad, but some of the out yards got hit hard.  It’s nothing like anything I’ve seen before. Everyone I’ve talked to in the state …

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Mar 12

The Season Begins

Large drifts still have not yet melted, but it’s finally above freezing with temperatures near 50 for the past few days.  The latter part of last week was spent mixing up sugar syrup and feeding hives to get them moving and prevent starvation.  I also put out dry pollen substitue to keep them busy until …

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