Yesterday I went completely through my remaining 4 hives. Pictures 1-11 will give you an idea of the process. The observation hive is for a group coming to visit the bees on Tuesday. Contact me with questions.
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Jessica says the bee orders will be delayed until at least the 29th of April.
Great study on colony collapse disorder. Thanks to Keweenaw beekeeper Sue Raker for the info on this. The study will be officially published in June.
The session on hiving your package and keeping your smoker lit was well attended (25-30) considering the wind and temperature. If you have questions that you thought of after you left,or weren't there to ask, just contact me. I have received several already--if common I will post them.
According to Jessica, it appears that the bees will be here next week--which is supposed to be warmer.
Conditions for our bees remains about what it was a week ago - pollen coming in, little nectar ,and overall very dry conditions. Colder temps this week will keep the bees inside most of the time---make sure they have food.
Check out the short video of bees coming in with pollen. When you first start watching for bees loaded with pollen, it is not easy to see it with all of the activity. By slowing the speed, you should find it easier to follow. You will develop an eye for spotting it.
Note the Superior Bee Club upcoming activity.
The bees have been quite active the past week. Pollen sources continue to expand. You might consider a water source for your bees-- it has been pretty dry.
Check out the Bee Resources---beekeeping lessons. Thank-you to new beekeeper Brian Kelly's research that led to the site. The lessons are short and well done.
Keeper of bees.