Category / Bees

July 30, 2013
The smoker waits near the hive to be lit. It had been approximately three weeks since I had last inspected the hives on my property entirely.  It was time to go in yesterday and take a peek at the bees’ status.  The first hive I opened was Briar. Everything looked great! There were eggs, lots…

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July 19, 2013
Late this past May, I invested in another beehive with a friend, and placed it on my Mother’s property nearby.  Together between the two of us, we now have a total of five beehives.  We are quickly learning that there is safety in numbers!  Having more than one hive allows us to borrow from the…

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June 24, 2013
It has been a little while since I have shared any updates about the bees but that does not mean that they have been quiet.  In fact, they have been very busy! I even added another hive on a nearby property.Read moreMonkey Beesness

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May 3, 2013
A queen cage-the queen bee and five attendants Beekeeping is never predictable.  This is why I think I enjoy it so much.  They are very much in control of their world.  I am only a privileged observer, trying to help anticipate and tend to their needs. This week I found it necessary to requeen one of my…

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April 29, 2013
Yesterday, as I closed down the pollen trap on Briar to collect a sample for the Harvard Study, I decided to take a peek into Willow.  In my last post, I was unsure that the queen was there.  As I entered the hive, my worst thoughts were suspected.  The population has dwindled.  Most of the…

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April 23, 2013
Earlier this spring,  Harvard University reached out to our local beekeeper’s association.  One of their researchers in the School of Public Health is doing research on honeybees.  His goal is to study the distribution of pesticides in pollen across the state of Massachusetts. He is particularly interested in pesticides containing neonicotinoids, as they have shown potential links in previous…

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April 3, 2013
It has been almost 1 year since I started out on beekeeping.  I hardly know everything, but the learning curve has been steep and I can say with confidence that I am a beekeeper.  I read all that I could get my hands on.  I took a local beekeeping class and joined the local beekeeper’s…

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April 1, 2013
A fellow beekeeper’s hive with a healthy brood pattern (center of frame-each cell filled with a new baby bee waiting to emerge) As you read in my last post a few weeks ago, both beehives survived the winter and both underwent a bit of spring maintenance.  Today, it was sixty degrees outside and the sun was…

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February 3, 2013
Like all living things, even honeybees use the “bathroom”.  However, during the wintertime, they are confined to their cluster without the ability to leave.  In the cluster, their main goal is to keep the queen and any existing brood very warm.  This cluster only breaks on warmer winter days.  During the break, the bees…

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Sharing an inspired life from the New England seaside. Chickens, Bees, Gardens, Art and Yummy Goodness.