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Yep A busy Friday for me. Despite having to work to keep us alive. I also had to put in about 5 hours installing bee packages. No pictures of the adventures since I am going this alone and needed all my hands to get it done so i could get to work.. I did get to watch the swarm bring in pollen. A bright orange,pink pollen. i thought at first it was a robbing situation of different bee types but alas. it was just bees being bees. If I get time during an inspection i’ll take some pictures but all alone here as Sam the dog has no oppose able thumb and the cat is too lazy :>

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Written by spashark

May 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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Bees already!!!!!!!

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As you see here this is a swarm of bees in a friends lilac bush.  her hubby and Kids and she did not want the bees there. So I volunteered to collect them. They were at eye level so no ladders. Did have to call the wife to bring a pair of pruning shears. I forgot them.  I did have to go back that evening and vacuum up the strays and even then i hear there is a small ball of them. Was easy in the cool of the AM here.  Just cut carry and shake over the box.

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So I brought them back and They have stayed 72 plus hours and seems to have eaten the pollen substitute and gobs of syrup. I do not know if i got a queen I figure they have to have some food and build some comb so i do plan of looking the super for comb on maybe Tuesday when it will be warmer and also about 5 days in.   I have been checking the feeding pail every day and today i cleaned out a bunch of the branches that came in with them.. because I want these guys rocking because i ordered a new brood set to pickup on Monday for the 2 hives that are coming on May 4.

 

So any way watching these guys  do not see any mites on them.. Wings mostly look good.   If we have a queen It may work out.    JJ the Swarm catcher.. 

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April 30, 2012 at 12:17 am

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Quick post

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I do plan on some experimentation in differences. For example I am setting up an air flow experiment to see if larger holes and top position affect drying of honey :> And feeding..

Here is my latest plot/plan idea. Fondant with anise.. :>

 

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February 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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No more assembly or painting. I picked up the last major parts at Western Bee. They are assembled and one of the medium supers has 10 foundation less frames plus 5 spares. I really want some cut comb honey in canning jars to sell. I also have some spare frames and foundation. I have plans of 2 brood chambers plus a medium super for the bees.. the 5 extra boxes will be for me. And maybe leave on for winter a couple of them if I think it is needed. So I have 2 bee packages coming , one to Town at western bee here for pickup and one being mailed. So I will end up with a mix of carnolians and Russians As they will I am sure mix a lil since they will be right next to each other and come split time I hope some mixing happens next year. Some details of the frames as I built them are in the pictures this week. And I made a ventilator cap piece Similar to this one for sale. http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/store/all-season-inner-cover-p-232.html At Western Bee In town Nice Folks here.

Since the kit had no nails I had to use the nailer for cabinets I used glue and ¾” finish nails.

5 Extra supers. To the left is the permanent part of the hive. 2 Brood Chambers and a medium super. With the homemade ventilator and a cedar stand I built.

Both hives The difference is the number 2 has no vent cap yet. And a block stand instead of cedar. And ratchet straps to make it hard for wind and critters to get inside.

Number 2 hives vent cap Unpainted larger holes than number 1 but less of them.

 

 

Next month will be setting the hives outside. And awaiting the bees in mid to late April.

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February 19, 2012 at 3:06 am

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Moving towards a goal

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Just so ya know. Yeah this is a blog about my beekeeping.  Last night I dragged Meechee 68 miles, to the Missoula Museum of Natural History. Why? Because we went to listen to a beekeeper explain his foray into becoming a beek[1]. Was a very interesting 2 hours. For one thing there were 50 people there, on a Wednesday night during [2]hedoubletoothpickscious wind and rain and hail and snow storm. Meechee drove her car because I am undergoing treatment now for inflamed eyes, so they were dilated.  We dined at the Denney’s[3] in town. At 9 PM or 2100 to normal folks, we entered a very tidy and neat lil museum. The talk was from retired Major Brian Rogers.  A former steely eyed missile man if I have ever seen one and well of course he lives in Great Falls MT.  If the world ends by Nukes, Great falls will be in on it.  Meechee even got curious and asked more questions than I did. But then there wasn’t much new to me but it was nice having all the steps I have taken be confirmed and even the reasoning for doing it be examined the same way.

A few weeks ago I pondered getting a Nuc along with the package of bees. Well I am making arrangements to get a Nuc from Washington State.  Traveling 260 miles, so I could drive another 260 miles with bees in the truck with me.  Nothing could go wrong.

Any way yeah I will have 2 hives this year.  So off to Western Bee I went.


[1] Beek is the term beekeepers call themselves.

[2]  Very windy but warm in high 30’s and did I say windy yet?

[3] Good food good people

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January 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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I went to Western Bee and picked up a super kit, a Bee escape, and a varoa mite screen board. And so I wont have to buy them every year because i have found that the Montana Climate is rough on exposed wood. So I have been painting stuff.  And of Course the new stuff is getting painted too. I may actually have to buy another gallon of white exterior for the inside of the shed doors i have still not painted after 4 years.

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The super kit is the area of the hive where we can put a queen excluder and have the workers store honey there. that makes it easy to harvest the honey. It has 10 frames that are smaller than the brood since no bees will be born up there and i am thinking about experimenting with single top bars and no foundation. yeah Some beekeepers used a different hive altogether.  But since i want to make “comb honey”, which will be wax and honey to eat, it may be easier than special frames for that. I don’t wanna work hard for the honey.

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Also in the pictures is a ventilation adapter to allow better ventilation of the hive and make the nectar to honey change a lil faster  :>

 

This hopefully will be fun.

 

JJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

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So I did Buy some stuff..

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I have this list of things I need to buy,  but have not..  yet

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This is the assembled hive

The frames inside..  I chose wood because the plastic ones  or BeeMax ones from Betterbee  are an unknown thing to me.

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December 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

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