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Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Inspection time or a family that beekeeps together stays together

Last weekend I did another inspection – #7 since receiving my bees in January this year.   The last two I have enticed the entire family into helping so I can concentrate on just the hive.  So I have one person with me just on standby,  I have one of the kids taking photos, and one taking notes.    It was 18 degrees, and the bees were very active.  I did it at about 2pm.   My bees are so…

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First inspection of Spring after the winter lock down

First inspection of Spring after the winter lock down

Last weekend I opened up the hive to inspect everything for the first time since May.   The weather has been getting warmer for about 3 or 4 weeks and I made sure the day was at least 15 degrees as per the research I’ve done on temperature to open your hive at.   I had everyone involved to assist and observe, I figured the more eyes looking, the better chance we had of seeing anything untoward.   Obviously as…

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Winter is coming

Winter is coming

  Now that Autumn is closing out and winter is well and truly on the way I am trying to work out the whole ‘should I feed my bees’ debate. I’ve read all sorts of differing opinions on this, the most consistent being that nearing winter a sugar syrup of 2:1 ratio doesn’t go astray. [That’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water – I made 1 kilo of sugar to 500ml of water].  It helps the bee’s build up reserves…

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Bee Inspection #4 (or what to do after watching Ep 1 of Game of Thrones Season 5)

Bee Inspection #4 (or what to do after watching Ep 1 of Game of Thrones Season 5)

It was a beautiful day where I live, so I decided to do my latest hive inspection this afternoon – as Autumn is well underway and you can sense Winter is approaching I am starting to read up as much as I can on preparing the hive for winter.      There is so much advice on how to prepare your hives for winter – mainly when you have supers going, and several hives, it’s all about reducing the amount…

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Thunder and lightning

Thunder and lightning

Friday was terrifying.   We had a storm roll in mid afternoon,  and by the time it was on top of us the thunder was constant and the lightning was cracking.   I was worried about my hive.  I didn’t know how bees go in bad weather – do they hunker down?   The weather was too ferocious for me to leave the house and check.   I’m pretty sure the house was hit by lightning at one point as…

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2nd Inspection complete

2nd Inspection complete

So two weeks after my first inspection,  I have completed my second.    Everything seemed ok. The bees were very calm.  There seemed to be more.  I found the queen – which is just such a thrill.   I still have no idea what to look for, and am having photos taken of each frame so I can do comparisons (like the 2 below).   I’ve been reading up and learning about the differences to look for but as soon…

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Inspecting the hive on my own

Inspecting the hive on my own

Today is the first day I have inspected the hive on my own.   It’s now 5 days after my nuc was delivered. My mentor suggested I check the hive today to see if there was activity from the queen (was she laying) – as we are concerned that there are no drones in the nuc.    I was nervous and excited.  My family and I have been sitting on the step of our deck all week, watching the bees go…

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