Category Archive: Journal

Apr 10

The Season Begins…

Bees on a maple tree

The spring season has started in earnest. This past Saturday the silver maples started blooming and by Sunday enough was blooming that the bees were completely ignoring the open feed pollen substitute. Probably a good thing as real pollen is better for them and I was starting to run out of substitute as they …

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Mar 26

Do Bees Need Fiber?

Bees in sawdust

Today was the warmest day we’ve had in quite some time, reaching the mid 50′s.  All the hives were very active and there was more activity at the open fed pollen than I have seen so far this season.  Apparently there was too much  traffic at the bucket to satisfy some bees, so several …

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Mar 24

Maples are (Almost) Blooming.

Maple bloom

It’s been in the mid 40′s and still below the average for this time of year for several days and we even received a light dusting of snow last night.  Still the bees have been active almost every day when it’s sunny and breaks 40 degrees.  I’m actually rather surprised by how active they are …

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Mar 17

Bees are Flying

Open feeding pollen

We have had some weather in the mid 40′s to 50′s in the past week, plenty warm enough for bees to fly on most days.  I have yet to see any real pollen coming in, and the activity at the pollen bucket pretty much confirms my observation.  When it got into the 50′s the bucket …

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Mar 03

First Inspection of the Season

Bee Hives

Yesterday was in the mid 40s and was a good time to do the first inspection of the season and install pollen patties on the hives.    The forecast was for a high of 50 with Monday being even warmer, but with a narrow window and rain being called for on Monday, today was the day.  …

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Feb 26

Honey Stick Machine – Part 4b – Update

4 to 8 decoder

The local association’s meeting was canceled tonight due to snow.  This gave me a little bit of time to work on the honey stick machine that’s been left sitting for awhile while I caught up on other things.  I was able to finish and test the final 4 to 8 decoder previously built …

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Feb 25

Preparing for Spring.

I Spent some time this evening making pollen patties.  I now have around 110 ready and waiting in the freezer to go on the hives the next warm spell we have.  Hopefully that will be in just another week or two in time to get the bees moving shortly before the maple trees start …

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Feb 23

Bees in the Snow

A bee inthe snow

Snow was still on the ground today with temperatures only reaching 35F.  It was sunny and calm so some bees took the chance to make cleansing flights in spite of the temperature.  Some unfortunately didn’t make it back to the hive and died in the snow.  The sight of dead bees in the snow around …

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Feb 21

A New Bee Yard

New Bee Yard

Pictured below is my new bee yard.  Actually it’s not so new anymore and this post is a bit out of order as this picture was taken last April.  I was approached this spring by my wifes insurance agent for her business about placing some bees on his property.  It’s a beautiful location on …

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Feb 06

Winter Weather?

I’m not really sure if Winter is here or not.  So far this year  we’ve had 0 degree weather followed by temperatures in the high 60s.  Then snow, temperatures in the teens and sustained 40-50 mile winds.  Followed by 50′s, thunderstorms and significant flooding.   And it looks like it will be snowing and in the …

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