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.Continue reading
I am in Ithaca, NY for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s (EAS) 2022 Short Course & Conference. This morning I went the farmers market, which it one of the better markets in the country. Covered stalls, open Saturdays and Sundays, and includes farmers, food vendors, and artisans. All products sold must be produced within 30 miles of Ithaca, so you know it is local.Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to share a couple pictures of bumble bees in one of our crookneck squash plants. The males especially find a nice place to settle down for the night (female bumble bees kick the males out).Continue reading
I started pulling honey frames this weekend from my three production hives. So far there are a lot of partially completed combs, so I’m hoping to have more finished frames next weekend. The following picture shows the box I was setting frames in, with a nicely completed honey comb on the outside.Continue reading
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.
May you prosper and find honey.
Happy Cinco do Mayo! The post has nothing to do with this, but worth putting out there. I found a picture of my first hives in the archives, so to speak, and thought it might be fun to compare this with my current hives.Continue reading
One aspect of top bar hives (TBH) I enjoy is watching the bees build comb. You just don’t really get this in Langstroth hives, especially when using foundation. I caught a couple of pictures of the bees building comb last week, and though they were worth sharing.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The ladies are out and about these days. They huddle up at night to stay warm and then head out when the weather gets over 42 F or so (5 C), especially when it is sunny. Here are a couple pictures of their endeavors yesterday.Continue reading