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Honey

I have one hive out at the Lansing yard that is doing a fantastic job. It was an overwintered colony, still with last year’s queen,a nd they are just honey making machines. I have four supers on them already, and three are filled. When a colony is making honey, this…

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More Bees, Moving Bees

Last Tuesday, I picked up five more nucs (pronounced “nooks”) of bees. They are small hives, with four frames of bees, including a queen. Over the last two days, I installed them in their permanent homes. In temperatures well over 90 degrees F. The bees didn’t mind, but I did!…

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Bee Wellness

You may have heard that honey bees are “disappearing” or “dying out” or being poisoned by agricultural chemicals. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of honey bee death are greatly exaggerated. There have been problems, with individual (usually commercial) beekeepers losing vast numbers of colonies, but it isn’t a problem we all…

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Spring Hive Check

Today I went out to the Lansing, NY farm where I started 5 colonies of bees last spring. Twenty feet before I reached the hives, I heard the familiar buzz, and spotted bees sipping water out of muddy tire tracks. A good sign! One colony swarmed in September, and, predictably,…