Category Archives: Splits

No split, swarm!

When I was a kid, I used to tell this nonsensical joke to people: Two ducks are sitting in a bathtub.  One duck says, “Pass the soap.”  The other duck says, “No soap, radio!” I’d laugh and they’d look at … 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 Split

My only surviving hive, BnB2, had been building up nicely this spring.  My plan has always been to split BnB2 into the empty BnB1.  At the last inspection, I found a bunch of drone brood (but no queen cells), which … Continue reading

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Blizzard and the Bees

Last week, Diana and I spent a wonderful week in Cancun, Mexico soaking up the warmth and the sun, swimming in a cenote and visiting Mayan ruins.  The day before we got back, a snowstorm dropped 8 inches at home, … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty update

Last week I installed a new queen in the Hello Kitty (HK) hive and noticed that there was what looked to be some new capped brood from the original queen that I thought was dead.  I also moved a couple … Continue reading

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The Never-ending (split) Story

This spring, BnB2 has perplexed me so much.  The colony built up very quickly, filling up the hive and making queen cups early on.  I kept thinking that they were going to swarm, but every time I’d do an inspection, … Continue reading

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