Category Archive: Journal

Apr 26

Drones!

It was a very pleasant day, a bit windy but sunny and in the mid 60′s.  Plenty warm enough to do some quick hive inspections and another round of grafting.  This is the latest in the season it’s been in 10 years before I’ve seen adult drones in the hives.   Not a great number yet, …

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Apr 19

Queen Production Delayed – April Snow brings May Flowers?

Winter has been very long and hard for most beekeepers in Ohio and many of the northern states.    I’m commonly hearing losses in the range of 40 to 90% and beekeepers with many losses occurring in the past 5 weeks.   At Honey Run Apiaries we have not been immune to the arctic winter and record …

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Jun 10

Open Mated NWC Queens Available

Every year throws a different set of challenges in beekeeping.  This year it was the terribly cold March and April that delayed the start of the season.   Even this week we had one customer delay his order because they had snow on the ground this week in Wisconsin. 

The good news is we are now …

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Apr 15

Drones – Time to graft.

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Inspections last week found very little in the way of capped drone cells.  This Sunday was a completely different story.

As you can see by the lower picture, the hives have consumed the majority of the pollen patties placed earlier and now  have a large quantity of drone brood.    I did check …

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Apr 09

Queens Delayed This Year

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In a typical year silver maples would have bloomed several weeks ago and we would be seeing hives increasing in size significantly and a fair amount of drone brood.

This has not been a typical year so far.  And unlike last year that was several weeks ahead, this year is the opposite.  The silver …

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Apr 04

Forgotten Swarm

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As a beekeeper you normally try your best to make sure the hives are well prepared for winter.   You make sure the bees are healthy, hives have good populations, equipment is in good shape and that there is plenty of honey stored for the winter.

In spite of our best …

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Mar 29

New Web Host

With the new look to the website, we’ve also outgrown our old web host due to too much usage on a shared server.  Part of the high usage was self inflicted by using some non-optimal code, but even after fixing the problems I couldn’t get the usage down to where the host needed it to …

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Nov 09

End of the Season.

Another beekeeping season has come to an end.   As some of our readers have notice, I haven’t had the time to keep up on the website and blog as numerous other things had to be done instead.   So I’m a bit relieved to have made it through the season but also a bit worried about …

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Apr 03

First Swarm of the Year

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Hard to believe the first swarm call was on April 2nd.   It shouldn’t be overly surprising though given our warm March weather.  Hives are bursting with bees and need room now.

You need to get out in your hives the first chance you get and reverse hive bodies or add supers to give them …

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Apr 01

April Has Arrived.

It looks like the long warm spell of March is over.  We should be starting our first grafts this coming week and the weather forecast only predicts one day that even reaches 70 degrees.  A big change from the last few weeks where nearly every day was in the 70′s.

With the use of an …

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