Hive inspection

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 …

Nuggets

Some Takeaways from the NCSBA Summer Conference

The NCSBA Summer Conference was held in Winston-Salem from July 13-15. If I can come away with at least 3 good takeaways, I feel like it was worth my time and money. Here’s my list from this year. I’m including the name of the speaker where the info originated, but please don’t hold them responsible …

Hive inspection, Musings

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. …

Hive inspection

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 …

Hive inspection

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 …

Hive inspection

Swarm Check and Sugar Shake – Purdue Hive

It’s the 2nd day of spring (March 21) and I’m checking some of my hives for swarm cells. The temperature is 78 degrees at noon, so there’s lots of bee activity in the bee yard. The Purdue hive is my biggest hive so far. It is 8 frame equipment with 1 deep, 2 mediums, and …