Archive for the 'Weather' Category

Oct 25 2017

Tucking the girls in for winter

Yesterday at 3:00pm it was sunny and 60 degrees and calm and the girls were out in force flying about. So I decided to go ahead and winterize them since it will be one of the rare warmer days we have. The blue hive and the yellow hive were extremely busy, with lots and lots […]

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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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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 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 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 […]

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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 27 2017

Note to beekeeper – keep a hose handy

So tomorrow is honey extraction day and today was prep and pull day. I have washed all the course filters, washed and sterilized countless jars and lids, washed with boiling hot water all the extraction gear (uncapping bin, stainless steel extractor, etc.), hosed out the entire beeshed (HB painted it with waterproof shiny paint so […]

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Jul 23 2017

waiting waiting waiting

So I’ve decided to just leave the bees alone until honey harvest, which will be this coming Friday, July 28.  I’m going to be disturbing them enough that day taking their honey stores. I don’t want to disrupt them by doing a hive inspection. The next day after honey harvest, I’ll do an inspection and […]

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