Yellow Jackets

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I won’t be doing an inspection today, as I will be otherwise occupied getting things in order, and finishing up some projects I have been working on while K & B were out of town. They are coming back tomorrow – Hooray! I’m taking a bit of a gamble, since I did not see any […]

It finally happened…

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Well, I sort of knew it was bound to happen eventually: I got stung. While doing a hive inspection. Actually, just after the inspection. I went almost four months without any incident, and even did many inspections without gloves. And I didn’t even get stung on my hand – I got stung on my thigh! […]

Almost full!

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I have been observing the activity of the hives throughout the week, and based on how busy both are, I think they can go another week before a full inspection. I did however want to see how much room was left in the honey supers, so I just finished a “mini-inspection”. So I just removed […]

The Hot Days of Summer

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It’s been another very hot week (for us in the Pacific Northwest anyway, we’re not used to prolonged periods of 80 degree weather). The bees seem to be loving it. Today I decided to knock out the inspection before the heat of the day really kicked in. I had planned to start right after getting […]

What a difference a week makes

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Well, three weeks actually. It’s been two weeks since the last inspection, and three weeks since I put on the honey supers. In both hives, there was significant progress. This is a view into the honey super of West hive. You can see drawn out comb, and the beginnings of white capping: Honey! This is […]

It’s Hot. Happy Birthday, America

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I won’t be doing an inspection this weekend. It’s too damn hot, and it’s Benny’s first 4th of July. We’ve got some celebrating to do, and the bees get a holiday break, too. Happy 233rd Birthday, America! ūüôā

A little disappointed

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It’s been a week since I put on the honey supers. It’s been very nice weather, sunny and warm. Yet, there was zero evidence of comb building activity in either super. Neither West Hive nor East Hive appeared to have mad any progress. Maybe one week just isn’t enough, especially since I stopped feeding them […]

Honey Super Time

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Today was my first official Father’s Day, but I set a side a little slice of time in the afternoon to check in on the bees. Both hives seem to be doing great. There are noticeably more bees per hive than I started out with. Most of the brownish-colored ones that I started with appear […]

Suuup It Up!

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The bees have been very busy, and their population numbers have practically exploded. Both hives are each occupying about 75% of their total hive space now. I think this coming weekend, it’s time to put on the first honey super. Honey supers are less deep (or more shallow) than the hive bodies. That’s because once […]

The quest for better smoke

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Today we got back sort of late from a fun weekend of camping, but it was still nice and sunny out, so I decided to quickly knock out the inspection to get it taken care of. But as a result, there aren’t all that many pictures this time. BUT – I totally forgot to mention […]