Category: Rookie Beekeeping

Spring 2014 Bee Update

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…

Bee Update and Winter Prep

When the weather turns chilly in the fall, it’s time to do a few things to help the bees for the winter.  Here are some things I’m doing for my bees to get them ready for winter. 1.  Tilt the…

Revive Your Honey

We go through a lot of honey at our house, so we usually purchase the extra large jug.  The downside is that it crystalizes before we can use it up!  The shape of the bottle or jug makes it especially…

First Honey Harvest

I decided it was time to try harvesting a little honey.  I’m so excited!!  I’ve been trying to find out how much honey is okay to take from the bees, and I’m getting conflicting information.  Some say, “You will get…

Hive Has Capped Honey!

Time for another peek in the hives!  I was excited to see that one of my hives is storing honey in the upper section of the hive, and that they were very busy in the brood box as well.  One…

Queen Bee Crisis? — Hive Inspection

I checked my bee hives this weekend and became quite concerned.  I couldn’t find the queens and had a hard time finding brood.  I am still VERY new to beekeeping, so I don’t have confidence in what I think I’m…

Hive Inspection May 15th (video)

I inspected the bee hives today and already discovered a rookie mistake.  I left too large of a space between the frames, so my bees built extra comb in between there to fill the gap.  This extra comb is called…

Gathering Pollen (video)

I got a great video of a worker bee carrying a sizeable load of pollen to the hive.  This was recorded on April 29, the week after the bees were installed.  I haven’t been at this for very long, but…

The bees are in! (video)

This is a quick video of my new bees that arrived April 24th.  It was a very chilly day when I picked up my bees, and I was nervous about installing them when the weather was still this cool.  And…