Honey time

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Here is a picture of some of the honey supers stacked up after the honey has been extracted from them. I leave them out and the bees find them and pretty quickly clean up the last dregs of honey that are left in the supers.

Posted on December 14th 2013 in Honeybees

Swarm time

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Honeybees swarm when the colony becomes crowded. They create what is called a swarm cell, which is a cell producing a new queen, and a few days before it hatches the old queen and about 1/2 of the bees take leave of the colony. In this case the swarm stopped over on a tree outside the house and I was able to capture it and use it to start a new colony.

Posted on July 6th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

989. Cost of winter

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I had 6 colonies and lost one in the early winter during a cold spell. Now I have 1 more dead. The other 4 had been taking syrup and pollen replacer but this 1 did not. Stubborn, but if they will not take the feed their is only so much you can do. On the bright side I have drawn comb and some honey that can be used to feed new packages this spring.

Posted on February 5th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

990. Winter and bees

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casualties of winterSo today it was close to 40 degrees outside and the bees get plenty warm inside the colony. Which is good because they can move around freely and get their feed stores and the feed I have in the colony for them. However the warmth inside encourages a few to fly outside. Naturally once outside they do not make it too long. I assume that once the initial explorers do not come back the rest figure its best to stay put.

Posted on January 26th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

991. Bee feeding time

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Bee feeding timeDuring the winter I feed the colonies a syrup mixture made up of 2 parts cane sugar to 1 part of water. You make a syrup out of it by bringing the water to a slow boil and slowly adding the suger allowing it time to dissolve. The syrup is then poured into 1 qt. canning jars which have holes drilled in the lid. By turning the jar upside down on the hole of the inner cover the bees can access the syrup through the holes and the vacum holds the syrup and only allows it to flow as the bees take it. feeding seems especially important this year since my colonies seem a little light. We had a very dry second half of the summer which I think reduced the nectar flow.

Posted on January 24th 2012 in Honeybees

994. New Honey Crop

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First harvest
Took the first harvest from the honeybees. A dollop of raw honey is the epitome of decadence. Now its time to get the bees and the colonies ready for winter. Honey is available for sale. $5 per pint and $3 per 1/2 pint.

Posted on October 20th 2011 in Farming, Honeybees