Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2012

Via @BestBeekeeper: Epicurious has a feature about a biking beekeeper here in Chicago, Jana Kinsman, that’s worth a look. Another beekeeper inspired by news of Colony Collapse Disorder.

With the warm winter, we might see some early swarms, so here’s the Chicago Honey Co-op’s page on swarm removal. They list a few folks who are available to grab swarms in the Chicago area.

— Slim

Read Full Post »

Bees unleashed

On Wednesday Dave and I unwrapped the hives, and they’re doing quite well. Of the two viable hives, one is Italian, the other Minnesota Hygenic. The Italian hive was very happy, almost no challenges and hardly paid any attention to us. The Mn Hygenic were kind of testy. Both had a good number of frames of brood, and at least two each of frames of newly laid eggs. Both had eaten a good bit of the pollen patties and have been bringing in a lot of nectar, each had several frames of new honey. There populations seem good but there were no signs of swarm cells, thankfully, and each has a number of empty frames, some of which I rearranged, including switching the top and bottom brood boxes in the Italian hive, to give the queen more laying room.

— Slim

Read Full Post »

M & R

M & R

M & R visit the bees

A bonus photo from last summer, when the kids visited the bees.

Read Full Post »

Rededicating myself to the bee blog this year. So far, the bees have made it through the winter well. With the many warm days, they have been eating off Boardman feeders again. And there must be early tree- and flower blooms coming in, because they are bringing in pollen. (Likely the maples are already starting to bloom.) Today I gave them pollen patties just in case. We started the winter with three hives, but I thought only two of them would survive, because one had a queen who at the end of the fall was only laying drone brood. The bees in that hive had twice raised new queens, and the last was not properly mated. Well, she’s still alive! And has several thousand bees still in the hive. Crazy. The other hives are raising brood, and bringing in a lot of nectar/sugar water. So things look good for the spring.

— Slim

Read Full Post »