Archive for April, 2013

Apr 26 2013

Reconsiderations among the blooming flowers

Well, I’m reconsidering what I want to do with Queen Ristet. She’s definitely fitting the definition of not laying in a robust manner. But there’s plenty of bees in the hive, she’s still laying fresh eggs and the bees in her hive haven’t even started a queen cup yet, so they think she’s doing fine. […]

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Apr 25 2013

A fond farewell to Ristet and a possible split

Well I was reading late last night in a beekeeping book and discovered what I think I already knew. Queen Ristet probably needs to go. She was introduced last April and they only have about a good year and a half of productivity now. Many beekeepers get rid of them each and every year in […]

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Apr 23 2013

Boy that stuff is nasty

So today I needed to treat the girls for mites while we can still get it under control. My mite count, which is sketchy because there was so much junk on those sticky boards, was about 5-10 mites on each board, over a 4 day period. But I also saw 1-2 mites on several drone […]

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Apr 23 2013

long long distance visitors to the girls

Yesterday was fun. It got up to about 52 degrees by 2pm and the girls were preparing for a very long distance visitor. We had friends from Ethiopia in town (Werku and his wife Hallelujah). Werku keeps bees in Ethiopia in the traditional Ethiopian way, which is to cut logs in half the long ways, […]

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Apr 19 2013

My big fat hive inspection

Wednesday (two days ago), it got up to 55 and very sunny so at 1pm I went out to do a BIG hive inspection – took me about 90 minutes. There is no single thing that makes my inspections and bee life easier than preparation, preparation, preparation. Before my actual inspection: I put the tote […]

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Apr 12 2013

blossoms are enticing the girls

Spring is ramping up and my girls are happy.  They’re all over and in the forsythia and my blossoming pear tree is just starting to open beautiful pink buds and I found girls on the buds sniffing around trying to get in.   Yesterday afternoon it got warm and sunny every once in a while […]

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Apr 08 2013

erratic weather

The weather has been completely erratic. One day it’s near 60, then at night it’s down to 35. The next day it’s pouring rain and real windy. Then the next day, there’s sun in the morning and talk of snow that night. Today it never got out of the 40’s, but with the wind it […]

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