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Old 06-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #76
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This is very cool. Its a "High speed summary of Life inside the Beehive"

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:13 PM   #77
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Heathland Beekeeping - 1 - Spring Work in a Heather Skep Apiary

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:28 PM   #78
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Heathland Beekeeping - 2 - Preparations for the Swarming Period in a Heather Skep Apiary

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Heathland Beekeeping - 3 - Work in a Heather Skep Apiary during the Prime Swarming Period

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Heathland Beekeeping - 4 - Work in a Heather Skep Apiary during the Cast Swarming Period

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Heathland Beekeeping - 5 - Summer Work during the Heather Blossom in a Skep Apiary



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Heathland Beekeeping - 6 - Autumn Work in a Heather Skep Apiary


Heathland Beekeeping - 7 - Harvest of Heather Honey in a Skep Apiary


Heathland Beekeeping - 8 - Bees' Wax Pressing in a Traditional Apiary

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That series ^^ was incredible. Booger, I know you have trouble downloading vids but if there is anyway at all you can make arrangements to watch them I think you will find them as fascinating as we did!
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http://www.backyardbeekeepers.com/to-do.html

January

The Bees. The queen is surrounded by thousand of her workers. She is in the midst of their winter cluster. There is little activity except on a warm day (about 45-50 degrees) when the workers will take the opportunity to make cleansing flights. There are no drones in the hive, but some worker brood will begin to appear in the hive. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of stored honey this month.
The Beekeeper. Little work is required from you at the hives. If there is heavy snow, make certain the entrance to the hive is cleared to allow for proper ventilation. If a January thaw presents itself (in January or February) you provide supplemental, emergency food for the bees such as fondant (on the top bars) or granulated sugar (on the inner cover). This is a great time to catch up on your reading about bees, attend bee club meetings, and build and repair equipment for next season. Order package bees (if needed) from a reputable supplier.
Time Spent. Estimate less than an hour.
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Today we started the process of coaxing the bees into a transfer from the fixed frame hive body they were in to a removeable frame body. This is necessary so we can monitor the hive for predators and overall health. We've spent months trying to figure out how we were going to achieve this. So today we bit the bullet and gave it our best shot on two hives. We put a new hive body on the bottom in the exact place where the old hive body was then we flipped the old hive body upside down (cringe) and put it on top of the new hive. Then we plugged the old hive body entrance so the bees will have to come and go through the new hive body. Makes perfect sense right?

Anyway, the comb in the old hive is capped and the worker bees should begin to 'repair' the hive by rebuilding in the new hive right side up. The queen should be well taken care of and hopefully will start to lay in the new hive body. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

The bees are not very happy about all of the excitement but they are using the new entrances and that's a beginning. Its really nice that we can observe them from inside the house. The hives are about 10 feet away from my dad's living room window.

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February

The Bees. The queen, still cozy in the cluster, will begin to lay a few more eggs each day. It is still "females only" in the hive. Workers will take cleansing flights on mild days. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of honey this month.
The Beekeeper. There is not too much to do this month. Attend those bee club meetings. Read. Attend bee club meetings, and get your equipment ready for spring.
Time Spent. Estimate less than one hour.
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If you buy and use pesticides, please check the label. If you buy plants, try asking the clerks if, and which, pesticides have been used on them. Pesticides are not the only cause of bee die-off but they do play a large role in whether a bee colony can thrive. Please help save the bees!

Bee activists swarm Home Depot and Lowe's

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Home Depot and Lowe's are under fire for selling pesticides that some believe are partly to blame for killing billions of the nation's honeybees.

Petitions with thousands of signatures are being delivered to the home-improvement retailers this week, demanding they stop selling the pesticides—called neonicotinoids—along with any plants in the stores that have been treated with them. Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of pesticides in the world.

"There's a growing body of science indicating that the pesticides are a key factor in recent global bee deaths," said Lisa Archer, director of the food and technology program at the environmental group, Friends of the Earth.

Archer said her group, which is leading the petition effort, tested plants for sale at Lowe's and Home Depot and more than half had the pesticides. She said because there were no labels on the plants or pesticides that they could be harmful to bees, consumers were left in the dark about the dangers.
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Today was a big day. Max and another beeman took the landing board off of the fixed frame hive bodies and restacked the hives and supers putting the new hive body on the bottom, a super and the old hive body on top. All four hives are in great shape bee wise and there's lots of brood which means there's a healthy queen. We'll give this set up a week or so to let the brood hatch then smoke the old hive and remove it. We'll set that hive body near the new hive and let them clean it up a bit before we take it apart. The old comb will be used to fill new removeable frames in a new hive body in preparation for filling with captured swarms. The bee clock is ticking and things are about to get very exciting around here
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