Category: Rookie Beekeeping

To Bee or Not to Bee?? Spring Update 2016

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There’s something about taking a big loss that makes you step back and think about what you’re really doing with your life.  We had a rough fall when we lost our honey bees and chickens, and there wasn’t much that…

Hive Inspection Gone Wrong

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Every beekeeper who has kept bees for any decent amount of time has dealt with the loss of bees.  Sometimes it’s from disease or parasites, and sometimes it’s from seasonal swarming or too much condensation during the winter.  And sometimes…

Splitting a Hive

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This time of year it’s common to hear reports of people seeing huge globs of bees attached to a tree branch or something else in their yard.  This happens when a hive gets crowded and they split.  They are able…

Bee Fun Friday!

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Two special announcements today!  The first is that our two new bee hives arrived this week.  The pick up and transfer went well, and the day after their arrival I inspected both of them and was able to find the…

Spring Hive Inspection

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Ahhh, spring has arrived!  Flowers are starting to open up, trees are budding, and the bees are buzzing!  A few weeks ago we went out to our only surviving hive and removed the insulated cover and sugar feeder remains (mountain…

Winter Hive Inspection

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Winter hive inspections can be a little dicey for a couple of reasons.  You never know when you’re going to get the opportunity because of the weather.  It has to be warm enough (40 degrees or higher) or the bees…

Insulated Cover/Feeder

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November is the month that we like to get out to the hives and add some supplemental feeding for our bees.  They do have quite a bit of honey in there already, but we want to make sure that they…

Garden, Bees, Hens, & Thieves

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What a crazy-busy fall we have had around here!  Sports, marching band, sick kids, church stuff, and work — whew!  I managed to sneak in a fall update for you on a few other things.  For starters, our garden is…

2014 Honey Harvest!

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It’s that time of year — honey time!  Our bee hives have done well this year.  You may remember that we lost our bees over the winter and bought new, established hives in the spring.  I would definitely go that…

Hive Inspection & Correction

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Keeping bees continues fascinate us, as our most recent trip to the hives proved.  We have been working to correct a “laying worker” situation and had to see how the bees were handling it. During our previous inspection (a few…

New Bees Are Here!

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Oh, how I have missed the buzzing of honey bees around here!  The wait is over….we’ve got our new bees. Last year, we purchased boxes of bees that needed to be installed into the empty hives, which also involves installing…

Spring 2014 Bee Update

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Our winter was the longest and harshest I’ve ever seen, and sitting inside the house thinking about my bees was difficult.  I knew the odds were against them and there was NOTHING I could do about it.  My worries were…