Category Archives: Summer

Hive “On the Rocks”

It’s been a really interesting year so far. I’ve never taken as much interest in my bees as this year. I check on them daily to make sure they have shade, water and things look normal. I observe them and … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Queen

Have you ever had to wait a really long time for the queen to emerge? and then wait even longer for her to reproduce? The waiting game is REAL. What takes her so long? a few days = to mature … Continue reading

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Nature works in mysterious ways!

Oh. my. God. if things couldn’t get any crazier this year, they just did. The black queen (the original one), just decided to move into this forgotten old hive we’ve had sitting in our garden for a few years. When … Continue reading

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Desperation on display

Queen cups, queen cells and emergency cells EVERYWHERE! Check it out: This is good! They know their mom is gone and they depend on her. This is a big strong hive but it now has very little brood in it. … Continue reading

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Summa Time!

Summer’s bee’n great so far and the bees have definitely needed that to recuperate! Here are the newest developments: Update 1: Unfortunately we lost a record amount of hives during winter 2016/17. I couldn’t believe it! Some of the strongest … Continue reading

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