Category Archives: top bar hive

beans and bees

Christmas means a ham, which then means bean and ham soup.  This year managed 10 quarts.  Did both regular canning as well as experimenting with the Tattler lids.  Ultimately, 2 quarts ended up not sealing, and those I dehydrated.  The … Continue reading

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Christmas surprise

after discovering what seemed to be an empty hive, put some honey in the feeder anyway.  next warm day went out and the honey was gone and they had eaten through the block they had put up to the feeder … Continue reading

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bees

Just went by the hive, its almost 6pm, sun below the horizon, still plenty of light.  Bees on the landing board.  Bigger bees with darker bodies. Are the bees throwing out the drones as they reduce population for the winter? … Continue reading

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bee check in

Have not opened the hive since the end of August as the weather is still hot days, although the nights are cooling.  There are still flowers about, but not much. Go out with the dog around sundown and on the … Continue reading

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bee update

opened the hive this morning after a few months. Its been so hot, did not want to stress them even more. BUT was concerned as with the heat, there wasn’t much flowering, even with all the wet we’ve had.  Was … Continue reading

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todays buzz

  This is the supplemental pollen substitute feeder I’ve rigged up. there is a little of the pollen sub in the container, an opening on the side, and a little honey smeared on inside of the top.  figure this will … Continue reading

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summer update

It has just been HOT, HOTTER, and HOTTEST.  While we might not have broken any single temp records, we have NEVER had to have our air conditioning on 24/7 for more than 3 days in a row before. It has … Continue reading

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