Posts Tagged “re-queening”

Back on an even keel

By | June 8, 2013

The sun is shining, the ground is warm, the birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and number five is alive. My new queen is laying eggs (lots of them), and the bees are actively out collecting pollen and nectar to feed the hive and make honey. This beek is happy, with everything back as it […]

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Do you name your queen bees?

By | June 1, 2013

There’s some simple maths for queen bees in beehives. In general for a healthy colony you need more than 0, and less than 2. They truly are a special and important part of a honey bee colony. In Spring, the number of bees within a hive grows very fast. Sometimes, the colony also┬ádecides to grow […]

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A challenging start to Spring

By | May 27, 2013

Spring has started a month late this year. It wouldn’t be fair, or true, to blame the weather on my challenging start to the 2013 beekeeping season. But it’s tempting none the less.. The good news… Honey is in the house! The bees have been enjoying the warming weather, collecting pollen and nectar. Roughly, honey […]

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Re-Queening the Spring Colony

By | May 10, 2013

Sadly when the bees swarmed last weekend, collected and put back in the box, the queen was lost. I can’t be certain how she was lost, but this is no time for mourning. The important thing now she’s gone is to get a queen into the hive. There are a few methods to re-queen a […]

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