24 01, 2016

Warm January weekend

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

We finally got a nice warm weekend where I could go out to Hye and check on the girls. I had seen some things online about people's hives absconding in December because it was so warm, and someone else posted a picture of a mouse that got into their hive and ate a hole in [...]

Warm January weekend2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
23 11, 2015

Winter feeding

2015-11-23T02:22:35+00:00

With the weather turning colder, it's time to switch from liquid feed to solid feed. Apparently, having extra liquid in the hives (even in the feeder above the frames) can chill the hive when the temperatures drop. So, instead of boiling sugar into water to make a simple syrup, we put 7.5oz of water into [...]

Winter feeding2015-11-23T02:22:35+00:00
8 11, 2015

She’s alive!

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

Kona is near the top with a blue dot on her head. We did another inspection today to see how the bees are doing and to feed them again. Hive 1, of course, was thriving. They've been building comb and capping honey like crazy. Every time we open their hive, they've consumed ALL [...]

She’s alive!2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
26 10, 2015

All Hail The Queen

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

We received our new queen from Hawaii on Friday afternoon. She was shipped UPS in a box with vents in it and inside that box was her wooden queen box that included her, 3 or 4 'attendants', and a piece of sugar candy. She can't feed herself, so the attendants feed her during the trip [...]

All Hail The Queen2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
21 10, 2015

Getting a new Queen

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

The queen is larger than the workers and comes marked with a dot on her upper back. We FINALLY found someone who can ship us a new Italian queen. An Italian queen bred in Hawaii to live in our Texas hive. She's going to be quite worldly! Since she's coming from Hawaii, we've [...]

Getting a new Queen2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
21 10, 2015

How bees make a new Queen

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

Queen cell, also called a swarm cell or a supercedure cell. I've had quite a few people ask me about the queen bee; how long does she live, what happens if she dies, etc. I had a few answers, but never had a very complete answer (at least not in my head). I [...]

How bees make a new Queen2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
18 10, 2015

Quick Inspection

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

We did a quick check of the bees this afternoon, mainly just to feed them. Last weekend, we put a medium box on hives 1 and 3 to give the bees a little more room. Hives 1 and 3 have been building like crazy and we didn't want them to get honey bound during the [...]

Quick Inspection2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
9 10, 2015

Buzz-zilla!

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

We went out to the hives on Saturday to check on the girls. We noticed last weekend that hive 2 wasn't nearly as strong as the other two, so we wanted to check for activity and see if we could find the queen, or some indication that she is laying. We went about our normal [...]

Buzz-zilla!2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
19 09, 2015

Picking up the bees!

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

Three 4-frame NUCs wrapped in mesh bags in the hatch of my car. We got up bright and early to drive to Navasota, TX to pick up our bees. We had bought 3 NUCs of bees, 1 for each hive. A NUC (short for 'nucleus') is basically a mini-hive. It has 3 or [...]

Picking up the bees!2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00
5 09, 2015

The hives arrived

2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00

I ordered a 'starter' kit of 3 hives, each with a stand, 3 medium boxes, inner cover, and lid. It didn't sound like much, but when UPS arrived he had TWELVE boxes to deliver! Yikes! Luckily I had a hand truck (as did he) and we loaded them all into the garage. Since hives are [...]

The hives arrived2017-07-21T16:26:33+00:00