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Honeybees & Honey Venturing into beekeeping
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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.

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Hive #1 was curious,...
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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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What do I know?

Posted 07-02-2012 at 04:55 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

OK, so I checked the bees today, mainly interested in hive #2 but I stopped at #1 first- popped the covers, workers in the new deep. Didn't take it off or remove any frames. Cover back on, watched the entrance for a bit, then looked in (I removed the entrance reducers last check)- bunches of bees mounded at bottoms of lower frames...queen/swarm cells? Hellifiknow, can't tell, don't have time to rip them out and look. It was sunny when I started out into the field but now some nasty looking clouds...
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The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

Posted 07-01-2012 at 01:52 PM by Zymer (Living In Maine)

Checked the bees on Fri. to remove feeders and add a second deep hive body and frames to each one.

Hive #1 looks to be doing well, good population and comb drawn out on the end frames, some frames heavy with stored honey. Didn't check the inner frames.

Hive #2 apparently not doing so well, honey stored in end frame(s) on one side but some frames, particularly on the opposite side don't even have comb drawn out yet. Population seems lower and there seems to be less activity...
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