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Up and down

So while South2 is doing very well, South1’s self-raised queen has disappeared without being productive. Once I consult with Helen, I’m going to order a replacement queen and see if we can’t salvage the hive. We’ll see. The hives Helen has at her house–our splits–are doing well, and they should be back on the rooftop soon. South2’s queen has been busy, and has five-plus frames of brood ready to hatch, plus new eggs and larva wherever she can fit them. I’m expecting to add a second brood chamber on next week or the week after.

I’ll augment this post tomorrow, and add some photos in another post. In the meantime, I ran across an interesting story–albeit likely from a military press release originally–on U.S. military efforts to help revive beekeeping in Afghanistan. A link is HERE.¬†

— Slim

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Another example, I’m afraid, of a reporter getting the tone wrong in a swarm story, this time in Glasgow, Scotland. In this case, I think it’s more the fault of city officials, specifically police, getting it wrong and “warning” people to stay away from the harmless swarm. A story is here.

More on hives and new photos in the next few days.

— Slim

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Chicago bees lecture

Although I missed their lecture, here’s a link to what sounds like a comprehensive and interesting presentation by Michael Thompson of the Chicago Honey Co-Op and a University of Illinois at Chicago lecturer about urban beekeeping in Chicago.¬†

And here’s a slight update on the New York beekeeping situation from the New York Daily News. Looks like the Manhattan Borough president is in the bees’ corner.

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Beekeepers in New York are protesting the Giuliani-era ban on beekeeping in New York. A story here. The New York Times has had a couple good pieces in the last few days, one a general piece on beekeeping in the city, another a blog post about a beekeepers’ ball.

While I’ve been singled out a few times over the years as a reporter inclined to look askance at Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, I note that his administration issues press releases touting his support for them,¬†instead of issuing ridiculous bans on them.

–Slim

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Queen trouble

We’ve been having queen trouble with one of the hives, but the ones at Helen’s are both good, and South2 at the restaurant is laying really well. Saw her today, and saw a new queen in South1. Once we figured out South1 lacked a queen, we decided to see if they would raise a productive new one. (I saw the original queen a couple times after we installed the bees, so I’m not sure what happened to her.) Anyway, they have raised a new one, although she may not have mated yet and isn’t laying yet. (She’s at most 6 days old, probably only a few days old, and the weather has been wet for mating flights.)
Will update more tonight.

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