Category Archives: Hive inspection

Long live the Queens

I started out this year with one hive and one queen.  Through splits and swarms and packages, I’m now up to seven queens for seven hives (brides for brothers?).  Of the seven, two queens are home grown (raised from eggs … Continue reading

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Package/Split updates

On Saturday, I looked in to all the hives to see how the splits and packages were doing.  I pulled out the queen cages earlier in the week from the package hives, but now I needed to see if the … Continue reading

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Spring Split Update

Ah, springtime in the Rockies.  Crab apple trees in full bloom, deep blue skies, daffodils and tulips popping up everywhere, temperatures in the 70’s and a winter storm watch for the weekend with the potential of 10-18″ of snow here … Continue reading

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Spring Buildup

The promise of a moist El Niño spring is still eluding us, but who am I to complain about a 74 degree day?   We could really use some moisture, but despite the lack of that, the crocuses are blooming and … Continue reading

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Mid-winter update

We’ve been enjoying temperatures in the 50’s and low 60’s the past few days after an extended cold spell, so I had a chance to look in on the bees.  Here’s a what I found: BnB2 The remaining hive in … Continue reading

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Pre-winter wrapup

It’s been a long time since I posted about bees.  I’ve had a post in mind, but have been too busy being grateful and vacationing with my wife. 😉 Although officially winter hasn’t begun yet, it sure seems like winter … Continue reading

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Fall Wrap Up

I had hernia surgery on Monday, so while I have some time recuperating (and I’m not high on Vitamin V(icodin)), I thought I would write up a summary of the status of my hives.  BnB1 succumbed to mites a few … Continue reading

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Mites 1, BnB1 0

I had my last ADT shot today and was feeling a little off center, so I decided to take the rest of the day off and check on BnB1 after the mite treatment and new queen addition.  I’ve been monitoring … Continue reading

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

We are blessed with a wonderful young family for neighbors.  Now that our kids are (mostly) out of the house and on to other interests, I’ve been using the neighbor kids as  surrogates to practice my grandparenting skills (although I … Continue reading

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The stoopid season

I’ve been pretty impressed with how well my colonies have been building straight combs this year.  In a top bar hive, it’s good to check frequently to make sure that the combs are built straight.  Since there is no sheet … Continue reading

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