Archive for August, 2010

Aug 31 2010

rainy day

I got back in town last evening. The bees were just onsey twosey going in and out of the hive near dusk. Today it rained most of the day so the hive was entirely inactive. No motion. It’s going to rain tomorrow, too, so I’m going to inspect them on Thursday to see how their […]

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Aug 27 2010

fall feeding

I snuck out early this morning, about 6am to see if the girls have eaten the 1/2 gallon of fall syrup I gave them. I pushed the roof to the side and it’s entirely empty. So I put in another 1/2 gallon and closed the lid. All was quiet since it’s cold out and they […]

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Aug 26 2010

windy day

It was crazy windy today. There are fires all over eastern Washington just popping up and raging. So needless to say the beehive looks absolutely dead. Not a bee in or out. Then my neighbor wanted to know if she could bring her little 5 & 7 year old grandkids over to the bee viewing […]

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Aug 24 2010

Telling the Bees

There is an old practice, recorded as early as 1611, and throughout the next three centuries, called Telling The Bees. The beekeeper is supposed to tell the bees all the significant events of the family’s lifetime, such as births, marriages, deaths and so on. This is because bees are “understanding creatures”. Then when the beekeeper […]

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Aug 23 2010

fall feeding

Yesterday evening, I went ahead and put 1/2 gallon of fall syrup (2 sugar:1 H2O) in the feeder. I’ll see if they take it up at all in a few days. If they don’t, I’ll empty it and clean it and wait a couple of weeks. It got down to about 45 degrees last night […]

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Aug 21 2010

uptick in activity

Today was warm, but not hot. I walked by the bee viewing window about 4pm and saw – What? The activity in front of the hive was at a level I haven’t seen since before the swarm. There was a blanket (not true bearding) of about 2 cups of bees all over the front and […]

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Aug 20 2010

watching the girls

I’m trying not to end up doing a slow death knell with the bees. So I just want to enjoy them while they’re busy and working. They were out today after work, buzzing in and out of the hive. I assume that since the girls don’t have babies or brood to raise and feed, which […]

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Aug 18 2010

Hive inspection – Resigned

” Resigned – to accept that something undesirable cannot be avoided” I knew in my head going into the inspection this morning that my bees are probably toast for the winter. Here’s the hive inspection. I inspected at about 9am. Smoked the front door, then under the top. I removed all three honey supers on […]

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Aug 16 2010

busy hive

The girls are steadily busy tonight, leaving and coming back to the hive, buzzing around in front, jetting out the front door and plopping down when incoming, scuttling under the door. When I look at the deck, I can see all the spaces between the wood decking going out away from me. It’s like a […]

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Aug 15 2010

teddy bears picnic

Today was the annual beekeepers association picnic. We all met at a park on the river, there was a BBQ and everyone brought lots of side dishes, dessert and salads. There were about 100 people there I’d say. There were actual bee shaped cupcakes, someone decorated twinkies up to look like bees with wings and […]

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