How to Set Up a Beehive

China—On his way to second place in a bee-wearing contest in Hunan Province, a contestant disappears beneath a carpet of insects lured by a queen bee in a cage. A scale he was standing upon tallied his total take: about 50 pounds of bees.

On the heels of my post yesterday on why all The Bees Are Dying, I thought I would show you guys how to set up a beehive.  It can be a very scary idea setting up and caring for bees so I thought I would do a quick YouTube Tutorial.  Let me know if it […]

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Colony Cycle of the Hive

Honey Bee on Goldenrod

Beekeeping follows seasonal cycles.   Last time Liz and I opened the hive, Liz gave me a quick tutorial on the seasons of the hive. Here in Cincinnati the yearly colony cycle can be broken into four seasons: Spring-build-up Late Spring & Early Summer- honey flow Late Summer-Dearth Fall- honey flow The flowering of plants […]

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Booty From The Robbery


Not that kind of Booty, GEEZ, get your mind out of the gutter! After our successful robbery.  I had to process the treasure. I was pretty excited with my bucket of golden goodness, and may not have thought the whole process of extracting the honey from the cleanliness prospective.  Let me just say right here […]

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There Was A Robbery In My Backyard

Honey from Hive

SHHHH, It was me! Yep Liz and I robbed the hive.  Not a full-out robbery just a small we’re going to borrow this and not give it back kind of robbery.  ??  Does that even make sense? Liz was the ring leader and texted me to meet her at two o’clock, she wrote “wear gloves, […]

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Checking the Hive After the Swarm


We did a check on the hives and wanted to find out which one swarmed. All the hives are flourishing, even the captured swarm has started building out comb.  We went through the “swarm” hive and could not find the queen or any evidence of new brood (eggs).  Which is not unexpected since they had […]

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My First Bee Swarm!


On Friday morning when I was writing my post “Why I have Bees” I thought I should add a photo of the Blackberry flowers because the bees help in their pollination.  So, I grabbed the camera, put on my down coat and headed out to the orchard.  It was a beautiful sunny morning, but chilly […]

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