Archive for the 'Hive Management' Category

Oct 01 2017

Blue hive inspection Sept 29

So last Friday, around 10:15am I got around to inspecting the blue hive. It was sunny and about 61 degrees when I went outside and the girls were out flying about. Blue Hive – Queen Hjemmelaget I got everything ready, took 2 sorting boxes out to the hive and got the smoker going, and knocked […]

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Sep 27 2017

Now the rain is gone

So it rained basically solid for a week after the longest drought ever here. Then it quit over the weekend and it’s been getting slowly warmer and warmer each day – in the low 70’s and will be in the high 70’s by Friday. I was hoping that there were still things in bloom and […]

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Sep 17 2017

I’m shockified

So I got back after being gone for a week and knew I needed to look at the hives to see how they’re doing. Honestly, I figured after 3 weeks of smoke, 2 hives trying to make a queen with nothing at all showing for their work a couple of weeks ago, and the record […]

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Aug 29 2017

Blue Hive – Queen anyone?

Today at 9:15am at 75 degrees I went out to check on the blue hive. I got the smoker going, had a sorting box ready. Even though it was already warm out, there was cloud cover so the bees weren’t really flying that much and a lot of them were in the hive. Blue Hive […]

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Aug 28 2017

there’s trouble in Mudville

I inspected the orange hive yesterday morning as the bees came out, about 8:45am at 72 degrees. I got the smoker going and had a box for sorting. This hive started as a 4X2 hive. The top two honey boxes were set aside. I permanently removed the queen excluder as I won’t be extracting any […]

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Aug 05 2017

My bee suit smells like a sweaty old man

So I got a call from the Queen Bee and she talked to me about the hives. She agreed completely with everything The Wiz recommended. She said she thinks sometimes we get to impatient when something goes wrong and just run out and buy a queen to fix it all. Give the bees 2, 3, […]

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Aug 05 2017

Aaarrrgh ye smarmy weather – I stab at thee

Yesterday, at 8am and 86 degrees, I went out to inspect the Blue Hive. ¬†This is the hive that swarmed on July 10 and had clearly not only created a queen but had one live in the hive because they were busy chewing out the remaining queen larvae in their cells at the end of […]

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Aug 01 2017

Orange Hive inspection July 31

So ¬†yesterday I wanted to go out and inspect one hive by about 7:30am before it got too hot. The problem is that the girls are in the shade and even though it’s hot, they weren’t coming out of the hive. And you really don’t want to go inspect a hive that still has all […]

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Jul 15 2017

Murphy’s Law and bees

Monday morning, I got on an early plane to head of out of state for work. And 90 minutes later while I’m waiting to change planes in Portland, I get a panic call from HB. Nephew was mowing the lawn in front of the beehives when he came bounding across the lawn to HB saying […]

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Jun 29 2017

Yellow Hive for 6/28/17 inspection

Yesterday at 9:15am it was 79 degrees out so I headed out to do inspections of 1 or 2 hives. Ended up 1 hive. It’s too hot even that early in the morning to get through 2. I took out 2 extra boxes with empty frames in case the hives needed extra honey boxes, and […]

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