Yard Visit End of July 2013

Yard Visit End of July 2013

It remains dry and hot. But a couple of thunderstorms have kept some life in the plants along the roadsides and irrigation ditches. And the mosquito spraying didn’t materialize near town. So, no sprayed bees. I didn’t move these bees to Riverton. Although I kept bees there in the past. And an offer of the old bee location was made recently. When I attempted to […]

Yard Visit End of June 2013

Yard Visit End of June 2013

I was away during the first 2 weeks of June. It was an awkward time to leave queenless hives. But even a beekeeper needs a vacation. And this one, to visit my son living in Hawaii, was planned more than a year before the bees got into trouble. While away, the Wyoming summer arrived. Not through the process of a gradual spring. But typical Wyoming. […]

Yard Report – August 2012

Yard Report – August 2012

The Idea The dog days of summer are here. Even though there’s noticeably less daylight, summer’s heat continues. And this old beekeeper takes things a little slower as: colony growth rate slows the bees are healthy cactus frustrates but doesn’t thwart skunks different width frames are a pain the drought continues unabated Is that rabbit brush and gum weed blooming? Rabbitbrush blossoms are inspirational in […]

Yard Report – July 2012

Yard Report – July 2012

The Idea July happenings: the bees occupy 14 frames the plastic small cell frames are readily accepted and consistently drawn kept this yard out of the agriculture areas drought continues skunk pests bees in town, the joy of it The Details The Bees The bees occupy 14 frames. They are: healthy very gentle making a living and are a joy to work Wildfire smoke has […]

Yard Report – June 2012

Yard Report – June 2012

The Idea A couple brood cycles make all the difference in hive populations. Now, these bees are truly Wyoming bees raised on nothing but small cell sized comb. All those bees remembering California and larger cell sizes have perished. PF-100 frames are readily accepted bees occupy 8 to 9 frames first drone comb drawn second deep hive body added removed entrance reducers shook out a […]

Honey Production

Honey Production

The Idea Honeybees don’t naturally store up large quantities of surplus honey. So, a top bar hive beekeeper manages the free space, inside the hive, for honey production. A quick inspection of the hive’s honey storage area leaves the broodnest undisturbed, and indicates what should be done. To increase production, a beekeeper can: harvest frequently in larger top bar hives, rotate comb run additional top […]

Malathioned!

Malathioned!

Yeooow! Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve had my beeyard sprayed with malathion! June, the owner of the ranch I recently moved my bees on,  contacted me this morning in tears. She told me that at about 6:30pm, a spray plane flew over a portion of their ranch and sprayed malathion. Unfortunately, my beeyard was directly under the plane’s nozzles. Direct hit! No one had notified […]

Silence

Silence

The Good The Zia queens are in, released and have been checked. All made it except for two. One of these queens was rejected outright and that single built queen cells. The other queen I’m not sure about. Couldn’t find a marked Zia queen or a spurious virgin or any eggs. Yet, queen cells placed in this single were mostly destroyed. I suspect a spurious […]

Early Summer

Early Summer

The Idea Early summer is a season of recovery from winter’s deprivation. Abundant spring resources and climatic warmth have fueled a couple of brood cycles filling colonies with healthy, young bees. Early spring forage begins to disappear with the decline of the dandelion bloom. It may be several more weeks before any clover becomes available. Yet, a healthy colony is at its prime. It is […]

Late Summer

Late Summer

The Idea By late summer, most colonies: have produced a honey crop and stored much of their winter reserves bee populations have decreased and a new kind of bee is being reared, the winter bee For a colony to overwinter and prosper next spring, the winter bee must be as healthy and long lived as possible. Now it’s important too: assure proper colony nutrition access […]

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