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November 23, 2009

New (to me) Thought

I have said Read, read, and read some more. Well—-I followed my suggestion and have been reading (following links via the web) about a beekeeper in Southeastern Nebraska who uses top entrances only. I think I want to try that here. Not for the same reasons that he does like: keeping the snow out of […]

October 31, 2009

Starting Over

As you know, I have lost down to only 8 hives. I have one swarm that was a very late swarm. I have not fed or medicated it, and it is still hanging on. It is in a nuc box in my front yard and I watch it as it struggles to survive. I will […]

October 23, 2009

I’m Back!

I want to apologize to you who have been following my experiences. I have been detained, derailed, and just plain procrastinating. Since my last posting, I have been to two workshops and have been bottling honey for sale. One of my outlets called me and said he had only two pints left and wanted to […]

September 4, 2009

Open Air Hive

Yesterday, I collected an open air hive from the Pensacola Navy Hospital parking lot. It was in a Crape Myrtle tree about 12′ in the air. I backed the pickup under the colony  and placed a 7′ ladder in the bed. The contact person helped me spread some of the lower limbs and tie them […]

August 26, 2009

State Inspection

My state bee inspector called to see if we could look at my bees last week. I wasn’t prepared for him, but this is the best way to go. We inspected my active yards and found no diseases and didn’t visually see any Varroa mites. That isn’t to say I don’t have any, just that […]

August 17, 2009

Swarms IN AUGUST???

I had a call from a new beekeeper who said he had a swarm of bees in a bird house in his back yard. Being August, I thought that it would be a little swarm not worth fooling with. I told him that I would be over the next day to check them. He called […]

July 15, 2009


Please refer to the previous post titled “Hmmmmm!!”. I received the queens on Friday and sold one on Saturday. That left me 5. Today, I opened both of the remaining nucs with bees, one is a 5 framer and the other is a full deep with a honey super on top. The third one had […]

June 15, 2009

Nothing Much

Since my wife was in the hospital for 5 days with E. Coli in her blood, I was at a standstill. I was able to attend a 4H camp and talk to about 200 students and adults one evening. But since then, my wife just got out of the hospital Thursday. I could not let […]

May 30, 2009

Swarming Observation Hive

I have been keeping an observation hive for the circle of bee speakers (three of us) that go to schools , 4H assemblies, and Garden clubs for Show and Tell about bees. It was used today, without me as I had another commitment, and when it was brought back, we, my friend Doug and I, […]

May 28, 2009

Why Register My Bees?

I had a short conversation on the phone with a new beekeeper. He had bought a nuc from me and was calling to ask questions about it. He also mentioned that a friend was buying a nuc from a bee supplier in Marianna, FL. My young beekeeper said that he had asked his friend to […]