March 2014 Yard Visit

March 2014 Yard Visit

Yesterday Often, just before the next spring blizzard: hurricane speed up slope winds blow the cold air away snow and ice rapidly melt in the valleys sunshine skies are clear, bright and blue temperatures approach the upper 50’s F Under these conditions the bees get a brief chance to: break their winter cluster take a cleansing flight gather a little water and do a little […]

Yard Visit End of May 2013

Yard Visit End of May 2013

The bad weather continued through the third week in May. It’s still cool. But not cold enough to keep the bees from flying. So today, I opened up the broodnests and: inspected the brood pattern looked for signs of pests and disease fed where needed switched to a top entrance added a third deep box The Good News The brood patterns were compact and solid. […]

Yard Visit May 2013

Yard Visit May 2013

April’s weather has been terrible. Basically a snow storm about every 3 days. It’s brought desperately needed moisture to this land of extreme drought. But I still haven’t had a chance to pull a few frames and take a close look. Yet, it was time to refill the feeders on those lighter weight hives. So, I basically did a repeat of my March Inspection. hives […]

First Hive Inspection March 2013

First Hive Inspection March 2013

The Idea Just enough time to: look inside fill the feeders and find everything alive, strong and healthy The Details The Weather The high temperature has exceeded 60 degrees the last couple of days. And today’s temperature is forecast to be above 60 with little wind. Then, tomorrow the temperatures are predicted to drop and snow is a possibility. So, it’s time for a quick […]

Life is Good

Life is Good

In Wyoming, it often warms up the day before the next blizzard hits. This time, the warm spell lasted two days and it got warm enough for my bees to fly. So, it was time to visit the yard check. It’s still too cold to disturb a hive. Any attempts to do so now would be disruptive and do more damage than good. Just enough […]

Yard Report – May 2012

Yard Report – May 2012

The Idea Five 3 lb bee packages were installed in single, conventional, 10 frame Langstroth hives. These were filled with plastic small cell frames and a division board feeder. This is the first step in establishing 3 story deep body hives with each box approximating a natural broodnest’s structure. Along the way I’ll compare this new small cell plastic frame based experience with my decade […]

Here I go Again

Here I go Again

Those 5 packages have made a successful transition to 5 small colonies. The first batch of brood is just beginning to hatch. Shrinking colony populations will now begin to stabilize. And then, with the next brood cycle, colonies will begin to expand. Soon, a second deep brood body will be needed. I like to keep small colonies squeezed for space. In my cold, windy climate, […]

Package Bees Ordered

Package Bees Ordered

Wyoming’s spring weather has been unusually warm and mild. And while out and about digging the garden, I noticed a few bumblebees and wasps trying to find a new home. Interesting! And the weather has been mild enough to allow some limited foraging on the cherry blooms. Noticed some wild bees and a honeybee.Now that’s not a full recovery from the devastation the bee populations […]

The Plan

The Plan

Well, I’ve got a complete lack of bees and an abundance of empty equipment. It’s a first for me since I established my test yard in 1984. That yard has had an interesting history. I probably should have saved all those yard notes throughout the years. But when I went natural most of them were irrelevant and I dumped them out along with all the […]

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Through a few mud holes, around a snow drift or two, and I was able to get into my beeyard. The yard was intact. No wind or varmint damage. My son Isaac has been around bees all his life. He’s seen the good and bad of them, having dropped any bee interest after a bad  encounter with Dee Lusby’s bees, near Tuscon. It’s not often […]

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