Archive for August, 2016

Aug 27 2016

Thank you very much, girls

A big thank you to the approximately 180K girls in bee form who contributed to the honey harvest this year. And a big thank you to the 3 girls in human form who also contributed to the honey harvest this year. Yesterday at about 12:30pm it was 88 degrees outside and I, my niece and […]

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Aug 25 2016

Yellow hive inspection quickie & prep for honey extracting

So today, at about 11am it was 76 degrees out and I needed to do just a quick inspection of the yellow hive. The wasps are starting to come out in force now and there are always about 20 just milling around in the bee yard, looking for any opportunity to get into the hives. […]

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Aug 20 2016

Peeking and pulling honey

I decided to inspect my hives, pull what honey was actually capped and ready (70% capped) and then extract all the stored honey later this week.  If the girls won’t cap off the honey, I’ll just leave them with it all for the winter. I just can’t be extracting later into September or I risk […]

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Aug 03 2016

uh oh – We got mites

Today I had to wait until 9am to inspect my hive. It was still only 58 degrees and the bees were barely getting out of the hive because it was very overcast. But I wanted to get out there before it got hot. This time, I was inspecting the yellow hive with Queen Løper and […]

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Aug 02 2016

wow – 2 functioning local queens

Yesterday, Aug 1, I did a full hive inspection of the Orange and Yellow hives – the ones that had the new, locally raised queens. I went out at 8:15am when it was 61 degrees and by the time I got done at 10am, it was 79. Although it felt like 95 in the bee […]

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