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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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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 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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Bee Boxes Set up…waiting for bees.

Yes its true, I thought of myself as NOT a very good beekeeper.  I was finally willing to admit I had failed miserable and it was time to admit defeat.  (which if you know me , you know is very hard for me to do!) Lucky for me, I have a dear friend Dee who […]

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