Category / Hive Maintainance

March 26, 2016
I’m now headed into my 5th year of beekeeping. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite beekeeping tips. Over the years, I’ve learned quite a lot and have had plenty of successes and failures. Some of those were expected and some of those were unexpected.  That seems to be the course for keeping…

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December 7, 2015
Earlier this fall I learned that one of my weaker beehives had succumb to wax moths. It was awful and disgusting. So I removed some of the salvageable frames that I could and cleaned them up as best I could. I placed them into the deeps and put them off to the side- outside near…

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September 29, 2015
As beekeepers, there come times when we need to feed our bees or offer them up reserves to help them get through dearths and winter. New colonies should be fed so that they can quickly build out new comb for the queen to lay and for them to store their foraged pollen and nectar.  Existing…

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January 30, 2015
The Nor’easter lasted over 24 hours. It began Monday afternoon and finally let up on Wednesday morning. After 60 mph wind gusts with white out conditions, we were able to finally get outside to assess the damage. We all had cabin fever at that point and wanted to make sure that everyone weathered the storm.…

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January 5, 2015
The honeybees cluster in a ball for warmth in the winter. The queen is in the very center, kept toasty at 95 degrees. The cluster expands and moves during warmer days and contracts tightly and stays put in freezing temps. Last week it was a balmy day in December, 50 degrees. Weird for us, but…

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November 3, 2014
Today I want to share with you how to make a beehive quilting box. As a beekeeper you already know that excess moisture and humidity in the hive is never a good thing, especially in the cooler weather when the bees are more prone to harm and death from living in a wet environment. During…

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September 1, 2014
About a couple of week’s ago, one of my hives had practically succumb to a complete death. A day or so after I witnessed that, I began the rebuilding by adding a few frames of brood from another hive and two frame of honey. This past week, we combined an early summer nuc that we made with…

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May 7, 2014
The split will now live in this nuc box until the new queen begins to lay and their numbers increase.  This week. I wanted to share how I split a beehive. All beehives that overwinter should be split come spring. This helps to prevent swarming .Read moreHow to Split a Beehive

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February 7, 2014
Activity in front of Willow but none in front of Briar. I had a bad feeling going into winter with the Briar hive. The hive should have been re-queened as they had many issues last season. But sadly, there were no queens available due to the unexpected large death of so many bee hives across…

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January 8, 2014
As you can see, this past blizzard left the beehives completely covered in snow. Each hive sits upon two cinder blocks. The snow covered those cinder blocks and fell until the first lower deep (box) was completely covered in snow. This was the most snow my hives had seen in a long time.Read moreBeehive Maintainance…

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