Category Archives: Bees

Bee Blog Changes

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We started our journey last year as new beekeepers with a hive we purchased from Craigslist.  I created this blog to document that journey.  Here we are a year later.  Our hive last year did not survive.  We learned basic hive maintenance, experienced … Continue reading

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Package Bee Update

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I want to loop back on the bee package installation that I reported on my last blog.  After 3 days we reopened the hive and happily noticed that the bees had left their packages and had taken over the frames in … Continue reading

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We’ve Got Bees – Again

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About 30,000 bees have taken up residence at our house and our home feels alive again.  Our bee packages arrived last Wednesday.  I didn’t realize how much I missed having bees until these new ones arrived. Dave and I love watching them … Continue reading

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Our Bees are Gone

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I’ve been remiss with my bee blog as I have bad news.  Our bees did not make it.  It has been a couple of months since we discovered our hive was down to only a handful of bees and then … Continue reading

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Feeding the Hungry Bees

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With the nectar all dried up, bees would normally turn to their honey stores for food.  Most beekeepers harvest the honey that their bees have produced and as a result start feeding their bees at the end of summer when their food … Continue reading

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The Importance of Queens

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Eggs and Larvae Hallelujah!  This is Déjà vu.  Didn’t I write this just a few weeks ago?  Our latest new queen has now integrated into the hive successfully and has started laying eggs.  What a relief.  Our bee population is … Continue reading

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New Queen, False Queen

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No eggs, no larvae, no queen.  That is how we found the hive upon our last inspection.  The hive cannot survive without a queen and this is a critical time.  With the nectar drying up, hives are now getting ready for … Continue reading

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Wasps – Hive Under Attack

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As we went to inspect the hive this week, we noticed several dead bee bodies around the front of the hive.  These dead bee bodies were joined by several wasp bodies.  Our bees have been under attack by wasps and … Continue reading

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Honey for Bees

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Bees are efficient creatures and they love honey.  After we put our honey into smaller containers for future use, we had the big bucket full of residual honey – honey that lined the sides of the bucket that didn’t come … Continue reading

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Show Me the Honey

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Nectar is still flowing here, so it’s a little premature to be pulling the honey from the hive.  However, that is exactly what we did.  We harvested the honey.  We did this for a couple of reasons: The frames with only … Continue reading

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