Friday, April 23, 2010

2010 Bee Season Begins

Hived two packages of bees in nuc boxes today. Weather was nice and somewhat sunny. Gave each colony a quart of sugar syrup.

As usual I’m a month behind on my preparations, so I had to clean up some old gear for these new bees and I didn’t have any new frames ready for them, so each box is about three frames shy of being full.

- Make more sugar syrup.
- Make frames with foundation.
- Check on bees.
- Find enthusiasm before it’s too late.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Let's Try This Again - New Bees

I guess I’ll give this beekeeping thing another try. I ordered two packages of bees this afternoon for $67.95 each (but now that I think about it, I don’t know if these are 2# or 3# packages).

The bees should arrive on April 24th. That gives me a little less than seven weeks to prepare for them and hopefully do things right this summer.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hive #3 is Dead

I checked on my last hive today and found no living bees. All of my hives died this year.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Test Post from MacJournal

Picked up MacJournal for a song via MacUpdate yesterday. This is a test of it’s blogging functionality. (And now I’m testing the update functionality...)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January Hive Inspection


Gloomy, breezy, 45+ degrees.


Two rows. Front row (S) from left (W) to right (E) are hives 1 to 3. Back row (N) from left (W) to right (E) are hives 4 and 5.

All SBB were closed all winter and the telescoping covers were not vented.


Hive #1 - Deadout. Loaded with honey. This was my strongest hive going into winter.

Hive #2 - Deadout. Loaded with honey. This hive was very sick with varroa mites and deformed-wing disease last fall.

Hive #3 - Bees!!! The cluster seems small, but I did not dig into the hive to take a good look. These bees are about half-way up the stack of four medium supers. I added another medium super of honey to the top of the stack.

Hive #4 - Deadout. Loaded with honey.

Hive #5 - Deadout. Loaded with honey. I think this hive was queenless last fall.


- Find more enthusiasm for keeping bees.
- Stain/paint my 8-frame gear.
- Retire ALL of my 10-frame gear.
- Make frames.
- Buy two packages of bees (despite the fact I said I wasn’t going to in a previous post...)
- Decide what to with all the “old” honey.
- Start my 2010 bees with new boxes, frames, and foundation.
- Try, try, again.

Thursday, January 14, 2010