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Feeding the Bees

In the spring before the flowers start to open and in the fall when the flowers are closing for the season, you have to feed your bees.  Yep, I feed my bees, Liz feeds her bees.  If you are a beekeeper most likely this time of year you have purchased a big bag of sugar […]

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Colony Cycle of the Hive

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!

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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Why I Keep Bees!

Why do I keep bees? Our last home sat on 47 acres overlooking the Ohio River.   The home was built in the 30’s and the original owner had cattle, sheep, and chickens.  The chicken coop, which was huge, still stood on the property.  That was one of the reason I decided to start keeping […]

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My first jar of honey!

Liz stopped by to do a check up on the hives.  It had been one week since she installed her three hives and she wanted to make sure all was well. She has been receiving call after call over the last week about bee swarms.  She routinely goes out and captures swarms and then places […]

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What a Beautiful Day Today!

Today was a busy day around here! Yesterday it started raining around 10:00 a.m and it didn’t stop until around 6:00. So nothing got done after we set up the bee hives. Today was sunny and beautiful outside with the temperature reaching 82 degrees.  So with all the rain and today’s heat, weeds decided to […]

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Bees Arrived!

Liz arrived this morning to place the bees in their new homes. The back of her SUV was filled with at least 15 wooden boxes, each filled with 3 pounds of bees and a Queen.  VERY COOL! The boxes are referred to as “packages” and in each you have the worker bees and a Queen […]

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