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Update #2!

We now have 5 hives, 5 queens of which 5 are laying. Dayum! That is true but two of the five hives are still very small. Still, I started with one small hive in the spring and now have three … Continue reading

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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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Update!

We now have 5 hives, 4 queens of which 3 are laying. Here’s a quick breakdown: Hive #1: the Original (and the biggest) This hive has been queenless since May 18, so 2 weeks. We anticipate a new queen any … 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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Fly high little ones!

They are my babies afterall. I’ve been observing the new little nuc. I am still amazed it was as easy as just taking frames out of the old hive to create a new hive. The books say, they all end … Continue reading

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Splitting up

According to Heinz, once they start building queen cups, it’s already too late. They are prepping to swarm. So when I saw the first open queen cell today, I decided to make a split on the spot. Unlike previous attempts, … Continue reading

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Swarm day!

…and you may just attract a swarm. Catch bee if you can… Today was interesting. Just as the oil tank guys showed up to replace the old one, they were forced to stop and watch a swarm fly by. It … Continue reading

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Productive High!

Timeline Just to give you a sense of how fast this queen is on top of her game, her production is growing exponentially. And by that I mean brood as well as collecting nectar and honey. That would make sense … Continue reading

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