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Bedding Down for the Winter

The rain returns tomorrow, and even though we’ve had amazing weather since February, it is Oregon and we can’t escape it forever. So, it’s time to get the girls ready for winter. That means my hives need to have any … Continue reading

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Double or Nothin’

About an hour after I collected yesterday’s swarm it was back up on the fence. *sigh*  I think when I dumped the bucket into the hive, the queen had a chance to get out and everyone followed.    So, I … Continue reading

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Swarm season

So, lately, I have been anxiously staring into trees as I drive hoping to see a swarm of bees.  Not that I really need one.  I made a split on April 2 because my main hive looked so incredibly crowded I … Continue reading

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Catching Up

It’s been a looong time since I updated, so sit back and get comfy.  The swarm from last spring settled in just fine and did great over the summer.  They stored a lot of honey, so I didn’t interfere much … Continue reading

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Productive queen?

The bees were very active a few days ago, probably because it was so hot, but things have slowed down recently.  So much so that I figured I should check on them sooner rather than later. The bees were very … Continue reading

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The Bees Return

It is wonderful to have bees back in the yard again!  It’s comforting (to me, anyway) to watch them flying around and to hear their distinctive hum.  In fact, it only took me two days before I started hearing “phantom … Continue reading

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Minding My Own Beeswax

One thing that top bar hives excel at is providing the beekeeper with beeswax. In Langstroth hives, the honey can be spun out of the combs with a centrifuge and the empty comb placed back in the hive.  With top … Continue reading

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