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Add a box bee visit

May 12th, 2016 · No Comments

So last night I thought it a good time to add a box to each of the hives. It’s been over 21 days which is the honey bee gestation period so this will give them plenty of space to handle all the newborns that I hope will be emerging soon. Pollen – McE bees have […]

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Bee update – 4/20

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Yesterday we looked in on the new hives. Both queens were released. Vickie’s seemed pretty active but I didn’t see any comb. In ours, there was a bit of comb. However, I didn’t look to closely on either. Both of the feeding jars were empty so we replenished those. Overall, both hives looked active and […]

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Beekeeping – new beginnings

April 18th, 2016 · No Comments

This Saturday I picked up two 3 lb packages of bees and put them into Warre Hives. This is a new beginning for me. All of my existing hives┬áhad died. I don’t know why – some starved, wax moths got one – but I have a feeling it was beekeeper error. I found the Top-bar […]

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Beekeeping Notes

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Visiting the beehive on Saturday….the only one of mine which made it through the winter. This used to be a very mean hive but it was rather tranquil. I looked inside quiet a bit and they didn’t get upset much at all. New queen, I guess. However, it makes me worry that they are having […]

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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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