Tag Archives: bee hives

Spinning Out of Control

I had absolutely no intention of spinning honey today. I hadn’t even planned to check on my bees, really, but then I noticed that one of the hives had an alarming absence of activity. Upon closer inspection, I saw that … Continue reading

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A Swarm in June

A friend of ours found a bee swarm on a sapling in his yard and asked if we might, pretty please, come take it the hell away. Another friend of ours just had all her beehives decimated by a bear, so … Continue reading

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My Bees are Freezing!

Last year, one of my hives didn’t survive the winter. The long, cold days took their toll on the inhabitants of that hive so, over the summer, I made a split from the remaining hive. Everything was going along fine, but now, … Continue reading

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I Can’t Hold a Candle to You

After spinning out our honey, we had what appeared to be a great deal of beeswax left over. We soaked it in water overnight to loosen up any residual dirt and then rinsed it several times to get it as … Continue reading

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Sticky Fingers

At the end of the summer, I pulled honey frames from my two bee hives. As long as the bees are left with at least 70 pounds of honey to get them through the winter, the beekeeper can take any surplus. … Continue reading

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Spring Queening

Because one of my bee hives did not survive the bitter cold winter, I am learning to split the surviving hive.  The goal here is to both try to avoid a swarm and to start a new hive to replace … Continue reading

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Minding My Own Beeswax

Going into the winter, I had two thriving beehives.  One was a nucleus colony (or nuc… pronounced “nuke”) purchased from a local beekeeper and the other was a package from somewhere not-local. The difference between the two is that a nuc … Continue reading

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