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Ornery- swarm #6 update 

I’ve named this queen “Ornery”

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Swarm season!!!

 Went through my nucs today and noticed that one had swarmed. I finished up my inspections and went back in the house. It kept bothering me that I didn’t see the swarm because I had been watching them so closely. Checking

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Ant Jail

Earlier in the year I noticed some behavior in my bee’s that I see as particularly beneficial. When I select for breeding queens and genetic propagation there are several things that come into play. This is one of those things.

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New Nuc Inspections

Yesterday evening I had a moment to inspect a couple of nucs that had new queen cells when I originally split them. I’m happy to announce that both of them have good laying queens. I was able to get one of them

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Frame Jig “Hive Hack”

Did you know that you already own a frame jig? This week I decided to assemble some of the frames that had been laying around awhile just to try and figure out where I am as far as equipment. I like

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What to do with undesirable genetics?

As a beekeeper that raises your own queens your going to occasionally run across some traits that you find undesirable. The question is what do you do next. I have recently experienced this among my own hives. As most of

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My poor neglected bees

This post is about two weeks behind in the making. I drove over to Meyers outyard which (if you’ve bee reading here for very long you know) is my farthest out yard. With all of my other responsibilities getting put first

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Virgin Queen and Dealing With a Honey Bound hive

I am repopulating my area with bees! This spring my time has been a bit stretched due to our new baby being born. I’ve lost two swarms from hive number 2.  Below is a picture of the virgin queen.        I

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Feeding New Packages/Nucs

I decided that because most people are receiving their packages lately, and nucs will be coming shortly that I should write about feeding. I’ve heard/read some misconceptions lately (at least in my opinion) that you don’t have to feed new

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Can’t Win Them All

I noted in my post about the Blue Pollen below that there was some sad news from Meyer’s Outyard that I had been hesitant to share. I mainly hesitated because I didn’t have very many answers as to why the

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