Category Archive: Journal

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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Dec 05

Keeping Warm – with Corn

Quadra-Fire Sante Fe

The warm spell is definately over with highs now in the 20′s and the bees are nicely tucked away in their hives. The front that brought an end to the heat wave came in with a roar with wind gusts I believe near 50 mph. I ended up having to check all my hives and …

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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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