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Mid-August Bee Notes

August 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Sad day. I looked at Alpha Hive last weekend. They are doing AOK. It is a center entrance Kenyan Top Bar Hive. For my birthday, the girls got me a book all about it and I did learn about one thing I didn’t do that could have hurt the original hive that didn’t make it […]

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Beekeeping Notes

July 15th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s been a while but I got back to the hives this past weekend. Here’s the updates: Alpha Hive is doing well. They’ve almost filled up over half the hive and now it’s time for the mid-season shift that Christy Hemingway writes about in her book. I’ll do that this coming weekend. Otherwise, all seems […]

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Past weekend’s bee notes!

June 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Alpha Hive. They’re going gangbusters. They’ve built up a respectable amount of comb and I gave them a bit more room to build in. Beta hive was still struggling. Then I got involved and now they’re strugglign more. The problem? I have a bunch of honey comb which I left outside thinking Beta Hive would […]

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First time getting some honey

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments

So I’m in my third year of beekeeping. Honey was never an objective. Helping the bees and learning was. Also, I found that they assisted in helping me focus and getting into a Zen state that made meditation easier. However, it’s good to finally get some of the sweet stuff. Gamma Hive still had the […]

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Weekend bee notes continued

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

I had my first honey collection. Gamma Hive seemed full so I took out the four chop and cropped Lang frames. Each was partially filled with capped honey. There was one of them with brood. I processed the honey and gave that brood to Beta Hive which seems to be struggling a bit still. Gamma […]

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Gamma Hive Swarmed/Welcome Epsilon Hive

May 26th, 2013 · No Comments

So yesterday I got a call that Gamma Hive had warmed. I grabbed my stuff and by the time I’d gotten there, they had settled into a branch of a tree about seven and half feet up. I shook them into a little box I had and over the next hour or so they all […]

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Beekeeping Update…always experimenting.

May 21st, 2013 · No Comments

This past weekend, oldest daughter accompanied me on my bee rounds. She handled some comb and got her hands into a hive. That was cool. Her boyfriend came along on one visit. He stood back while she went into action. That was cooler. First, Alpha Hive. It’s doing well. It has some comb built out […]

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Beta Hive Comb Fix/Gamma Hive Bursting

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

Sometimes you have good beekeeping experierince. Sometimes they just suck. Last night’s check was really good. I was in a good mood, the bees seemed happy. I got myself into the Zen state that I’ve read about and achieved a few times but not nearly as much as I’d like. It’s been about three weeks […]

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Alpha Hive Repopulated/Welcome Delta Hive

May 6th, 2013 · No Comments

So last Sunday Beta Hive swarmed. It was a fun, slightly nerve-racking experience but the thought of handling thousands of bees has become somewhat common to me now. That’s cool but also a warning. I popped that Beta Hive swarm into a small box colony and put them up near Alpha Hive to get oriented […]

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In the midst of a swarm

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments

I’m in a draw in my continuing battle to get straight comb in Beta and Gamma Hives. Some comb in Beta collapsed. This doesn’t bother the bees. It’s full of comb and honey where I could see because it was covered in honey bees so there was no taking it out. They were building some […]

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