Archive for October, 2011

Oct 28 2011

Winterizing the girls

It was just freezing outside today with a bitter wind.  So tonight after work, I went ahead and got the girls all tucked in for the winter. I suited up and headed out and gave them just a tiny smoke at the front door so they’d know it was me and not a bear. HB […]

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Oct 19 2011

beehive demise

I’m trying to figure out how I feel about losing my entire hive. This is the one I split, my orange hive, that gave me a lot of honey this year.  I thought when I was inspecting it, as I was pulling apart the hive, and when I hit the bottom and realized it was […]

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Oct 16 2011

Bad, bad day – funeral dirge

So after the Friday night bee lesson, I think I knew my orange hive with new Queen Mojo was probably doing worse than I thought. Yesterday, about 2:30p at about 57 degrees, I decided to inspect the hives and put all the food stores on top. HB brought up all the frozen frames of honey, […]

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Oct 16 2011

Bee class on wintering bees – gee, I wish I’d have known that

We had bee meeting last night.  The hall was stuffed with people, really big turnout. After our meeting and four corners reports (where people from all the corners – north, south, east, west – report on what their hives are doing), we had our education. The OF gave us a class on how to winterize […]

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Oct 09 2011

quick check and feed

It got up to only about 55 today. About 2pm, I went out with 1 1/2 gallons of heavy syrup, suited up and went to the bee deck. There were about 30 bodies of dead wasps or yellow jackets in front of the hive.  They’ve all been dismembered and are just laying around in little […]

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Oct 02 2011

fed bees and took stock

Today is the last warm day with 5 days of rain in the forecast. So at 3:30pm, 71 degrees, I went out and suited up. I took the gallon of heavy syrup I’d made yesterday with me and my Epipen. I watched the two hives for about 20 minutes.  The purple hive is a cloud […]

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