Archive for the 'Hive concern' Category

Mar 20 2018

Back to the beginning….

This is a late entry. Actually about 3 weeks ago we had an unusually warm day. It had been below freezing and suddenly it was 56 out and sunny (then it froze again that night). I looked outside and noticed – not a single bee was flying. Odd. So I decided to go out 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 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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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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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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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 15 2017

Splitting, new queen and interesting data

EDUCATION So I went to the bee meeting last Friday night. They had an interesting presentation on the data you can get from a hive scale.  That’s just a big, flat, techie weigh scale. Looks like this picture. It costs a pretty penny – about $580 with shipping. Basically, you put the scale on your […]

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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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