September 4, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Queen Rearing With Dean Stiglitz

Queen Rearing With Dean Stiglitz Dean Stiglitz from Golden Rule Honey gave a few talks at the treatment free conference about queen rearing.  Dean is the coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping. During field day Dean let everyone … Continue reading

July 12, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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My Swarm Hive, Milkweed Plus Spot The Queen

Milkweed Hive and Spot the Queen I finally got around to naming one of my swarm hives.  Actually a reader and fellow beekeeper, Mary Lou Chase, suggested the name because her bees were foraging on the blossoms at the time.  … Continue reading

June 14, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Requeening – When A Queen Stops Laying

Requeening – When A Queen Stops Laying Brian’s hive Squill has been having Queen related issues from the get-go.   After installing the bees from a package, they did not accept their queen immediately.  Then finally caved and set her … Continue reading

May 31, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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Queen Cups With Eggs! – Crocus Hive Inspection 5-26-12

Queen Cups With Eggs! Crocus spent the end of April and beginning of May ditching and evicting drones when they reared new bees faster than they could feed them.  Then we were hit with cold rainy weather which prevented the … Continue reading

May 15, 2012
by Anita Deeley
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First Hive Inspection Of Squill 5-6-12

First hive inspection reveals Squill is off to a good start! Three weeks after installing his bee package, Brian finally got to inspect his hive Squill.  These bees took a while to warm up to the queen, so Brian was … Continue reading

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