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Swarm at Perfect North Slopes (Swarm #2)

(There is a serious question at the end of this post for seasoned Beekeepers, and any other that would like to chime in) Two days ago I received a call from a beekeeper friend about a swarm that he couldn’t

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Posted in beekeeping, Swarm Season 2017

What are Queen Castles for?

In my previous post I stated briefly that I have been working on building some queen castles. I thought a little more in depth description might be a good idea.

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Posted in beekeeping, Queen rearing, Winter work

Queen castles !

I started working on some queen castles this morning. I basically just figured out how I plan to cut all of my dado’s today. More on this in the future.

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Posted in beekeeping, Queen rearing, Winter work

Virgin vs. Mated queen

  There has been some interest in seeing the difference between virgin and mated queens. I had the opportunity to snap a few pictures of both, so I figured I would share them.

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Posted in beekeeping, Queen rearing

First time grafting results

The verdict is in…  The picture above is the result of my first attempt at grafting for queens.  This one is from my second attempt. From a different mother. I think I’m going to try one more time this year

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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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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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First successful queen

Checked my queen castle today. It has two splits in it that I’ve been working on. The earlier one has come back with a good mated queen. I checkerboarded in 3 new foundationless frames in a nuc box. Now I

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Then there were three

Hive two started making several swarm cells so I took the opportunity to make a split. I know it’s not painted. Had to trow it together quick. This one will be Nuc 1. I took it to Meyers outyard wich

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Supers are on

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