Tag Archives: Beekeeping

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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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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No Inspection Today

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We have gotten into a weekly inspection cadence with our bee hive.  We’ve been advised to inspect our bee hive every 7 to 10 days.  Today should have been that day.  Inspections to hives are done to make sure that … Continue reading

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A New Queen – July 24

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Our last inspection exposed that we had a hive without a queen.  We left two queen cells hoping that at least one would make it into a queen for the hive.  We checked our hive again, looking for a queen, looking … Continue reading

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Where’s the Queen? – July 11

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We were excited to open up the hive again to see how the bees were taking to our new frames and also to look for eggs with renewed vigor.  What we found surprised us. Looking for eggs:  We aggressively and … Continue reading

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Changes Needed, Changes Made – July 3

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As I discussed in my last blog, we needed to replace some of the frames that weren’t being used by the bees.  These frames were older, looked unhealthy and different.  This may or may not be a problem as we don’t … Continue reading

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First Detailed Inspection – June 14th

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Our last inspection was hurried as we were moving the bee frames into their new boxes and I didn’t have proper protection.  I now have the proper equipment: bee suit, hat, and veil, in the style I wanted as purchased … Continue reading

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First Bee Club Meeting – June 9th

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Snohomish is the home to the Northwest District Beekeepers Association and with such a convenient local resource on hand, we signed right up.  Their monthly meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, so our first attendance was … Continue reading

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A New Home, Again – June 6th

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Heeding Jim’s advice, Dave and I headed off to the local apiary store, The Beez Neez, in Snohomish. We are very fortunate to find that Snohomish is home to many valuable resources for bee keeper enthusiasts.  We talked with the owner, also … Continue reading

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A Closer Look – May 29th

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The Friday after we brought the bees home, Dave’s friend, Jim, came over around 4pm to inspect our hive. He brought his equipment along with his bee suit, gloves, hat and net, though he left all of it on the ground near … Continue reading

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