Archive for June, 2016

Jun 29 2016

Yellow hive inspection – upside down, too

So I went out to inspect the yellow hive, Queen Freya’s, this morning. At 8am it was 66 degrees and by 8:30 when I finished it was 75. Not too hot, but again a high of 93 today so these early morning inspections are going to be routine. I took out a sorting box and […]

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Jun 28 2016

You girls can be frustrating; orange hive inspection

Sometimes, I almost want to say that the girls can be frustrating enough that I’m ready to call it……nope, I won’t say it. OK – quits. Nope, not really. So I WAS going to quickly inspect all three hives this morning about 8am, but it was so hot, I could only get through one. At 8am […]

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Jun 17 2016

Removed FlowHive from Yellow hive

About 5pm it was sunny and cooler so I went out to remove the FlowHive from my Yellow hive before it got too heavy for me to lift again. This is the hive that may swarm. I took a big rubbermaid tote with lid out to store the FlowHive, and another box with 8 empty […]

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Jun 17 2016

Purple & Orange inspection June 15

On Wednesday at about 10am it was 58 degrees and sunny so I decided to go ahead and inspect the Purple and orange hives since it’s been about 2 weeks. I took out 2 sorting boxes and 2 boxes with 8 empty frames in case they needed some room. Purple Hive – Queen Lilla This […]

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Jun 14 2016

Yellow (FlowHive) inspection and FlowHive pros and cons

So after we extracted the FlowHive, I needed to do an inspection of the Yellow Hive because the last one was May 18, about 3 1/2 weeks ago.  That’s a long time for an 8 frame western hive – they need to be done every two weeks (I’ll explain below). But the FlowHive is so […]

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Jun 14 2016

First extraction with the FlowHive

So in this entry, I’m only going to talk about the experience of harvesting honey with my FlowHive. I’ll then post an entry about the subsequent hive inspection and my conclusions. On Sunday afternoon, about 2pm, it was sunny and warm. My Bro and sis in law came over to help and film our first […]

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Jun 01 2016

Queen Lilla – ah hah! Just as I suspected

I found the perfect temperature to inspect a hive – 62 degrees.  At 9am, it was 62 degrees and sunny so I went out to inspect the purple hive with Queen Lilla.  All suited up and perfectly comfortable – not cool, not even warm – just right.  By the time I was done at 9:45am […]

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