Wyoming Apiary Map

Wyoming Apiary Map

A new Wyoming Apiary Map is available online. This reflects quite a change at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, where the Bee Laws were an informal means of maintaining a ‘good old boys beekeeper’s club’. The apiary records were such an embarrassing mess, that the regulators often asked about the need for bee regulation. I suspect they hoped the whole thing would go away before […]

Natrona County Beekeeping Association

Natrona County Beekeeping Association

Are you keeping bees in or around Natrona county? Now there’s an option to hang out and talk bees with others. Check out the Natrona County Beekeeping Association. Unlike the commercial focused state organization, this group appears active, enthusiastic and hobby focused. Unfortunately, I left Wyoming just as these folks advertised their first meeting. I’ve never been much of club type person. But had I […]

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 […]

January 2014 Yard Visit

January 2014 Yard Visit

The Idea A beautiful January day: the temperature is just above freezing there’s no wind the sun is shining bright the roads are accessible I’m curious about how the bee’s cluster is orienting around the upper entrance. And if there’s been any excessive moisture from blowing snow or condensation inside the hive. So, it’s time for a quick yard visit. it’s too cold and early […]

End of Season 2013

End of Season 2013

A few days ago, I slipped off to my beeyard and reduced the hive entrances for winter. It was cold, late and the bees weren’t flying. But during¬† the process, a few dozen bees crawled outside to check out the disturbance. A few minutes later the entrance reducers were securely in place. And the bees, sensing no trouble, returned to the warmth, serenity and security […]

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Conditions September Wyoming Hives The hives are in great shape. they are more than heavy enough for winter bees are healthy no pests So, one entrance reducer was put in. I’ll put the other in after the first snow. A Quick Look There’s not much that can be done by opening Wyoming hives this late in the season. days are warm nights are cold there’s […]

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 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 […]

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