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

September 3, 2011
by Anita Deeley
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Off With Her Head, Well Actually, Her Butt

Merging the two queen hive into one.  An ode to the Swarm Queen. The fall is fast approaching and it has come time to prepare the bees for winter and disassemble my two queen hive. It is necessary to restore … Continue reading

June 26, 2011
by Anita Deeley
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I Have Eggs! I Have Eggs! Pop The Champagne!

I’m so excited to be getting baby bees again, I feel like I won the lottery! It has been way too long in my apiary since I have seen the smiling shape of pearly white baby bee larvae.  The past … Continue reading