Archive for April, 2016

Apr 30 2016

orange hive inspection – Welcome Queen Frodig

At 12:30pm today it was 59 degrees and overcast, but the bees were out so I decided to go out and inspect the last of the three hive, the orange hive. The orange hive is the hive with the brand new package and queen and they started on bare frames (scraped last year). They have […]

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Apr 28 2016

Purple Hive Inspection – welcome Queen Lilla

So at about 4pm it was 62 degrees out, overcast and calm, and the bees were out so I went out to inspect the purple hive, which is the one that I split from the yellow hive. Purple Hive Inspection This hive was split from the ¬†yellow hive, and had several frames of brood and […]

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Apr 27 2016

Inspecting yellow hive and FlowHive, a little feeding

So today about 11:30am it was 61 degrees and sunny and I had on my calendar to inspect the yellow hive – Queen Freyja’s hive. I had also been watching the quart feeders on the new hive and the split hive. The girls had left the food alone for quite some time, and then suddenly […]

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Apr 18 2016

Queens released

So very quickly today, about 11:30am when it was 65 degrees and sunny, I went out to manage my new queens. I suited up and just got the smoker going. I looked at the new package hive first, the orange hive. I smoked and then took off the top 2 boxes. The bottom box had […]

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Apr 16 2016

Splitting and getting ready, placed FlowHive

So yesterday was busy. About 3pm it was 55 degrees and sunny. I took a bunch of boxes for sorting out to the bee deck, boxes with some wet frames and about 4 frames full of winter honey, some pieces of OSB board, rigid insulation and bricks, and a bunch of hive lids and my […]

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Apr 10 2016

Inspection and plan for the coming week

So today at 3pm it was 73, sunny and calm. I knew it was going to be hot, but I didn’t get home from church until 1pm and then had to run to Home Depot to get the stuff to tweak the FlowHive. So I didn’t get out there till the hottest part of the […]

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Apr 10 2016

FlowHive tweak

I was going to put my FlowHive on my current, flourishing hive today with Queen Freyja. I didn’t because I discovered some tweaks that have to be made first. The flow hive box has a removable panel in front to get to the frames and drain them. However, the frames do not fill up the […]

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Apr 03 2016

added a box

At 4:30p it was 66 degrees and sunny outside. The girls are flying like crazy. Here’s a video of the front door, with the girls flying, bringing in pollen, and the way I reduced the entrance by half. So I decided to take a quick peek to see if they were laying up fast enough […]

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