2022 Aug 10 – Mites!

I had a great time at the EAS conference last week – I will try to post some pictures. In the meantime, I did a mite check in two of my hives this morning. We have a cooler weekend coming up where it will be possible to treat with Formic Pro, so I wanted to get a reading on my larger hives. I use a powdered sugar roll that has repeated done as well or better than an alcohol wash, so I am pretty confident in my results.

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2022 May 30 – Marking Queens

I went through some nucs yesterday and marked some queens (three total!). The year 2022 uses yellow for queens, following the mnemonic “Will You Raise Good Bees” for White, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue. So 2022 is a “2” year so we use the second color: yellow (also for “7” years). I’ve gotten much better at finding her highness through the years. Sometimes I still just cannot see her, but often I can now.

I use the tube shown in the below photo. Once inside, you can push her to the top with a soft plunger and press her lightly against the mesh (which she cannot fit through). A slight dab on the back with a yellow marker and you are done.

A marked queen walking into the hive. The next time I look it should be easier to catch a glance of here. You can I got a little yellow on her wing, which is not the best though should be okay.

May you prosper and find honey.

2022 Apr 15 – Three Nucs

You may recall that in my last post, I created a nuc above a nuc with a double screen board. My hope was that the upper hive would build some early queen cells. Yesterday and I checked the hives and found some success. So I made up three nucs and we will see how they do. We are due for some cooler temperatures again this coming week, so hopefully the queens are viable and emerge this weekend so they can huddle with the bees to stay warm.

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2022 Apr 8 – Double Screen Nuc

So I tried something new…. I have a nucleus hives (nucs) to make up this year. Since I make my own queens, it takes about 6 weeks for queen to be born, mated, and start laying in a hive. So I wanted to make some nucs at the beginning of April. However, it was a bit cold and I was worried about the bees getting cold.

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