Thursday, July 16, 2015

Where's the Brood?

So during this weekend's beekeeping session, I am completely bummed because I didn't see any brood in the hive. I'm fearing the worst, that either I injured the Queen at the last beekeeping inspection, or she may have swarmed. At the last inspection, I saw frame after frame of brood, so this is heartbreaking.
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I did see brood inside the split that I made, so I decided to recombine the split to the original hive. In the split I saw 2 swarm cups and a supersedure cup empty, so a virgin queen was born and has mated. Hopefully, the hive will take to this Queen and she will be productive as the last one.

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Despite all the disappointments, there was some good news, in the honey super there are 3 frames of honey! I can't wait until there are 10 frames of honey so we can do a harvest!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The bees are doing well!

Two weeks ago, I visited the beehive and it's looking amazing! I arrived at the first backyard and was blown away by the pretty garden! It is so lush and green!
Lilies are now in bloom!
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The hydrangea are also in bloom! Isn't this so pretty!

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The bees must be so happy living here. The beehives look great nestled in the flora.

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At the second beehive location, the hive is doing extremely well. The Queen is laying perfect brood! I found 3 boxes full of brood, she is such a prolific layer!

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And the top box has frames of honey! I think we shall be able to harvest honey soon!

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Since the hive is very full, and I saw signs of swarm cells, I decided to split the hive and move some new larvae frames into a new box. I also added some honey frames. With any luck, they will raise a new virgin Queen and this will be a new colony!

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The original hive looks like a skyscraper compared to the new box!

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I'm so excited with how well this hive is doing! I can't wait to do the next hive inspection!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Forgot to Post This Beekeeping Day

I have been so busy this month, that I forgot to post this beekeeping day! Last month, on my birthday, I went beekeeping. I was so happy to see that one of the Queens have been laying lots and lots of brood! This makes me super happy!
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The hive was super active. This is how the hive looked after I inspected it. The bees were flying around.

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I love these bees! They are so docile! Really happy bees, and very mellow. Which is quite lovely.

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At one of the beehive locations, the roses are in full bloom. Isn't this just gorgeous??

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I just love filming these bees in slow motion. I can watch this footage for hours!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Honeybees in Iris Heaven

Last weekend when I arrived to do a hive inspection, I was so blown away by how pretty Emily's backyard looked. There was a sea of irises and allium blooming! So pretty!

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This is my favorite time of year! Isn't this just stunning! I just love spring flowers, and they best thing about bulbs is that they naturally split, so year after year, more and more bloom! Look closely, you can even see bleeding hearts blooming too!
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I brought our dog to beekeeping for the first time. And she loved it. Valentina spent the day exploring the backyard.
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Valentina, was loving the backyard. Smelling all the flowers. Finding sticks. She even got pollen on her little forehead. She is the cutest!

The alliums are so pretty against the lush green!
The beehive looks amazing! I added an additional honey super box on top of the beehive. I already saw evidence of them making honey!
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I was using a feeder on this hive, but since there are so many flowers in bloom now, there is no longer a need for a feeder. I removed the feeder and found that the bees have made some burr comb to fill in the space. It was very pretty! I removed all the burr comb.
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It was a perfect beekeeping day. Can't wait to see how the season progresses! Hope to get a good honey flow this season!
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