Archive for the 'ReQueening' 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 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 […]

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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 […]

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May 25 2017

Checking on the girls

I needed to inspect the yellow hive and check the other two hives, so yesterday at 1pm it was about 62 degrees out and I went out to quickly inspect the hives. I took out 2 boxes filled with empty frames in case I needed to add boxes to either of the hives. I suited […]

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May 21 2017

Boy did I blow that

So I was out of town and needed a new queen to get my little blue hive split going. I called on Saturday morning and had the bee supply place set aside a Carniolan queen in a cage with attendants and then HB went up to get her. He put her in a safe warm […]

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May 06 2017

Difficult Choices….

Well, today was the day. A wise man once said “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one”.  And today was Queen Løper’s day to be the hero. I went to the bee house at about 9:30am and bought a new Carniolan queen with 4 attendants. The Wiz […]

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May 02 2017

Sorry Queen Loper – you gotta go

It stopped raining today and at 11:15am it was 65 degrees on the bee deck so I went out to inspect the girls. Our yard is a dandilion paradise and in our yard and from the house I can see over 15 blooming trees just in a half a block. There are blooming trees all […]

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