Archive for the 'Hive Inspections' 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 […]

Comments Off on Blue hive inspection Sept 29

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 […]

Comments Off on Now the rain is gone

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 […]

Comments Off on I’m shockified

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 […]

Comments Off on Blue Hive – Queen anyone?

Aug 29 2017

Yellow hive peek and orange hive treatment

So yesterday at about 9am at 74 degrees, I went out to the bee deck with my smoker, a jar with alcohol (in case I needed to inspect for mites in the yellow hive) and a package of Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS) for the orange hive. I smoked the orange hive lightly. Then I […]

Comments Off on Yellow hive peek and orange hive treatment

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 […]

Comments Off on there’s trouble in Mudville

Aug 12 2017

Letting the girls have their heads

So yesterday, Friday, at 8:20am, at  70 degrees, and smoke in the “danger for all persons” zone, I went out and did a quick 30 minute inspection of the hives to see if putting on the liquid feeders prompted the queens in the yellow and blue hives to get their mojo going. It was so […]

Comments Off on Letting the girls have their heads

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 […]

Comments Off on Aaarrrgh ye smarmy weather – I stab at thee

Aug 02 2017

Sometimes this is a lot of maintenance…

So this morning at 8am I inspected the yellow hive, which is Queen Livlig. It was already in the mid 80’s and getting hotter by the minute. Yellow Hive Inspection – Queen Livlig Well, Queen Livlig sure didn’t livlig long. She was released and named on May 15 and today she’s nowhere to be found. This […]

Comments Off on Sometimes this is a lot of maintenance…

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 […]

Comments Off on Orange Hive inspection July 31

Next »