June 3, 2018

Everything got off to a slow start this Spring and during Memorial day weekend I finally completed a structural removal!

The colony had been in the house for approximately 2 years and was VERY successful.  This was by far the largest population of honeybees I'd removed...

May 7, 2018

Ever wonder if the swarm with multiple queens have a favorite?  Here's a swarm I caught that had 3 virgin queens and clearly the girls had a favorite 

After catching the first queen I noticed the bees payed very little attention to her so I decided to keep looking....

April 23, 2018

 During colony inspection today I noticed that I broken open a queen cell.  I could see her abdomen and she was being very still.  I'm betting she was a bit confused as the cell shouldn't have opened behind her!

I did go in and find her to move her to another...

April 19, 2018

Well folks...didn't see this coming.  I went through all the colonies less than a week ago looking for swarm signs.  Must have missed a queen cell.

Now these girls have a new home, just not as far awayas they had planned I'm sure.


April 13, 2018

In the first picture you can see quite a few drone cells in the bottom middle of the foundationless frame. Enabling the bees to build the comb thier instinct tells them to build results in more drone brood.  Turns out to be good for queen rearing!

In the second picture...

March 24, 2018

Looking for love...the drone honeybee

March 23, 2018

After a late cold snap the girls are out on a crisp 47F day.  I left a couple of unused sugar boards leaning against my shed with the intention of picking them up later (2 weeks ago).  

The ever industrious girls are siezing the opportunity to improve their ch...

March 3, 2018

Brood rearing means lots of water will be required for the bees.  You'll see te girls drinking from any pool of water they can find.

February 19, 2018

We can't wait for our colonies to get growing but brood too early can trap the cluster without food in reach during a cold snap.  

These warm days we're getting is a good opportunity to make sure the girls have plenty of food.  As brood rearing starts in the next few we...

December 7, 2017


 During winter us beekeepers start to miss spending time with our bees.  We just want to check in on them and make sure everything is perfect but we also don't want to disturb the cluster.  

I've found an observation hive to be a great way to continue observing the be...