Archive for August, 2014

Aug 24 2014

Letting the girls be – que sera sera

The girls seem to do better when I leave them alone for a couple of weeks. I know when I read the books and also at class they encourage you to inspect every 2 weeks so nothing gets out of hand, and state you don’t need to be in them every week. In fact, the […]

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Aug 19 2014

Just for good measure feeding

7:15am this morning before VSD’s and bees were awake suited up, no smoke, popped the top poured in 1 gallon 2:1 syrup closed them up 2 minutes in and out Booyah!

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Aug 18 2014

Quick & Dirty

So I went out today at 7:50am to inspect the hives. Nary a girl was out but the sun was up and I knew it was going to be hot so, look out girls, here I come. Wake Up! This was just going to be a quick inspection. They are probably getting a little cranky […]

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Aug 17 2014

Mama’s home

I’m home again after a week out of town working. I was incredibly busy Saturday night and Sunday, so I’m going to peek at the girls tomorrow morning. They’re very busy around the front of the hive, though, especially the orange hive, but there’s lots of girls around the blue front door, too.  They’re starting […]

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Aug 11 2014

Are you eating?

So at 7:30am I suited up and took the new syrup out to the hives. The Blue Hive had eaten about 1/2 a gallon of syrup and there were a lot of dead bees in the syrup – idiots. Probably about 1/3 of a cup of bees. I topped the syrup off. The Orange hive […]

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Aug 11 2014

Feeding Aug 10

Last night I made some 2:1 syrup. For the fall, you need thick syrup (2 sugar to 1 water) because they don’t have a lot of time for the stuff to “ripen” or get dehydrated. I made 2 – 1 gallon containers with 2 parts sugar, 1 part very hot water from the tap, and […]

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Aug 11 2014

Mini-inspection Aug 9

Saturday was going to be a hot day, highs in the upper 80’s and I wanted to just peek and see how the queens were doing in laying – not a full blown inspection, just a quick in and out to see about food stores and laying. I looked at the Blue Hive first. They’ve […]

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Aug 04 2014

Inspection for Sunday, Aug 3 (so I get behind sometimes)

It’s been close to 100 or over 100 for many, many days. I decided to inspect the hives about 8am and that was about an hour too late. Halfway through the inspection, I had to leave the bee deck, take off my hood, hose down my face, then clean my glasses because the pools of […]

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Aug 04 2014

Mite checks

Here is some good information I got at the bee meeting regarding doing mite checks in the fall and in the spring. The fall levels of mites should be less than 5 mites per 300 bees (1/2 cup of bees) The spring level of mites should be less than 2 mites per 300 bees Take […]

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