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Getting Bees Ready for Winter

The temperatures have been down in the 30s at night so once again, it’s time to get the bees ready for winter.  There’s really not a lot to do to get the bees ready.  By now, I’ve removed any unused equipment and have been feeding as much as possible.  I’ll start adding bee fondant to …

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Goodbye Purdue Ankle Biters

In previous posts [ here ] and [ here ], I talked about how my Purdue Ankle Biter bees like to rob from dying neighborhood hives that had been infested with varroa mites, and then would bring mites back to their hive where the virulent mites would destroy the hive. I had been doing sugar …

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Varroa Bombs – Take Two

If you saw my post on Varroa Bombs from this spring, you read about how my Purdue hive likes to rob from a neighbor’s hive when they are sick and dying. Well, they did it again. When I did the sugar shake on this hive on June 29th, they had 2/300 varroa mites. On August …

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Summer Mite Count Checks & Congrats Bobby!

Bobby Byrd is a new beekeeper this year and he just received his NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program Certification. So, congratulations Bobby! Bobby has been working with me quite a bit in the bee yard this spring and today we did sugar shakes on 2 of the 6 hives to check on mite load in the …

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Meet the Bees!

The following video is an early morning walk through of the hives at Lazy Creek Apiary. In order of appearance we have: The Purdue Anklebiters The Mountain Bees (Buckfast/Carniolan) first and second generation hives The Swarm Bees (maybe Russian) The Pol-line Bees (VSH Italian) The Hygienic Italian Bees (3rd generation) As always, turn up the …

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Varroa Bombs and Humility

The hardest lessons I get from my bees are ones that teach me humility. Anyone who knows me knows that I can get pretty snarky when it comes to beekeepers who do not use best practices either in exhibiting proper care in working with bees around non-beekeepers or when monitoring the health of their bees. …

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Swarms, Splits, and New Queens

I never know exactly what I’ll find when I go to the bee yard.  My goal today was to see how the splits we made  were doing and to check in on the queens in the other hives. I’ve always been interested in nature, but keeping bees in North Carolina has made me super aware …

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Hygienic Italian Hive Visit – March 28, 2017

Today I’m checking in on the hygienic italian hive. This hive is 3 medium plus 1 shallow boxes tall. The queen is at least 2 years old and is a 2nd or 3rd generation queen from a hygienic italian queen I got from Tate’s Apiaries about 4 years ago. In this video, I talk about …