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Good weather, checking the hives again

Posted 04-06-2013 at 07:09 AM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Friday 5:32 PM 4/5/2013

Both hives active. Checked about 4PM, temp had got up to about 60 but dropped to 58 by the time I was

ready to go out, and clouds had moved in.

Hive #2 seeemed to be ignoring the sugar, which isn't really surprising since they had so much capped

honey left.


Hive #1 was curious,...
Zymurgical Alchemist
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2013 First Spring Hive Check

Posted 04-01-2013 at 01:10 AM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Checked the hives today, had ben worried about the #2 hive, thought they might have had Nosema but still not sure of that. They did lose the queen last year but seemed to have successfully bred a new one. Unfortunately, that meant that they lost ground and went into the winter with a low population and had not fully filled out top body with honey, end frames were not drawn, filled and capped.

Both hives were flying, #1 using both top and bottom...
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Feeding Time Again

Posted 08-08-2012 at 06:25 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

I should get better at posting and keeping records.

Hive #2 apparently successfully re-queened, mated and laying.

Both hives are drawing out comb in the 2nd deeps and filling them with honey.

Rushed to get frames built for the medium supers because I thought they were going faster than they were. Put med supers on yesterday, but they still have empty frames in the deeps. Oh, well, didn't need to rush but it won't hurt to have them...at least, I don't think...
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Humming along

Posted 06-09-2012 at 05:28 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Finally, a break in the rain long enough to check the hives. Walked down the drive to the eastern side of the field, then followed the treeline at the ravine between the front and back fields. Along the way I noticed some activity at the new raspberry canes about midway, loaded with blooms and bees buzzing about. Stepping in and partway down the gully I observed them- small, and black/white colored. Hmmmm, not my bees, mine are dark yellow/orange and black. Why aren't *my* bees here? Oh, well....
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