May 8, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Drawing Wax And Building Wonky Comb – Dandelion Hive Check 4-27-12

Drawing wax and building wonky comb. Tuesday, April 27th was my first inspection of Dandelion after installing the package on April 15th.  It was cloudy, 52 degrees and probably much too windy to do an inspection normally.  Despite the weather, … Continue reading

May 7, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Foundationless Frames Are Working! – Willow Hive Check 4-26-12

My new package is doing a great job drawing out the foundationless frames! This was my first hive check of willow, after installing the package on April 14th and removing the queen cage a few days later.  I’ve been so … Continue reading

May 2, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Queen Cage Removal – Squill Hive 4-24-12

Finally removing the queen cage in Squill The last time Brian checked his new hive the queen had not been released yet.  The bees were clustered all over the cage and some appeared to be biting the wires.  A week … Continue reading

April 26, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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It’s Queen Cage Removal Time!

Removing two queen cages but leaving one. Three to seven days after we installed our bee packages, it was time for Brian and I to peek at the queen cages to see if the queens had been released yet.   First, … Continue reading

April 23, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Installing Package Bees In Dandelion Hive

Installing Package Bees in Dandelion Hive After installing packages in two rooftop hives, Willow and Squill, Brian and I installed the third package at an outyard location in a backyard nearby.  Brian built a hive stand out of cedar for … Continue reading

April 20, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Bee Package Installation – Don’t Forget The Cork!

Bee Package Installation In Brian’s Rooftop Hive Squill After I installed the bees into Willow, it was Brian’s turn to install his first package of honeybees.  It was hard for me to stand back and let him do it, knowing … Continue reading