a new package of honeybees

Honey Bees
  A week and a half ago, Monday, I installed a package of bees in my backyard. I didn’t have honeybees last year, but I missed them buzzing around my vegetable garden. Every year I install the bees wrong, no different this year. The queen comes in a little cage…
 
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my honey bee order is in

Honey Bees
I just ordered a package of bees for April 17. I didn’t keep any honey bees last year and I missed having all those pollinators in the vegetable garden. It’s nice to think ahead to spring before winter even starts.
 
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Honey Bees
My new bees are happy in their new home! Today was a beautiful day for them. I put most of my seedlings out on the patio to get some sun and fresh air. I up-potted 60 tomato seedlings last night and they were outside too. I opened up my winter…
 
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honey bees

Honey Bees
I picked up a package of bees today. Both of my hives died early last winter – it was a very hard fall/winter for bees here. I have heard that the overwintering rate in our area for experienced bee keepers was about 20%. One out of 5 hives survived. I…
 
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preparing for winter

Honey Bees
I’m in the process of preparing my honeybee hives for winter. I have two hives on the far side of my vegetable garden nearest the pond. They’re on the northeast side of the yard with a southwest exposure. Both were packages I installed in early April, since both my hives…
 
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me and my new bees

Honey Bees
Actually, it’s not so easy to get a selfie with a new bee package. iPhone’s don’t work so well wearing leather bee gloves. But the bees did pose well I thought. They are very sweet bees. Once they take up residence and start protecting their hive, I won’t do selfies…
 
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getting ready for bees

Honey Bees
I’ll pick up two packages of bees tomorrow. They’ll replace the two hives I lost this past winter. The boxes are now set up and waiting now. I filled both boxes with nine draw-out frames each with a good amount of honey in them. I’ll also feed the bees sugar…
 
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I lost both my hives 🙁

Honey Bees
🙁 The boxes of both my hives are now empty and stacked crosswise. I was sad to see so many bees die. I’m guessing they died from dripping condensation as I saw water droplets in the hive when I opened it. I noticed bees begin to die in November, just…
 
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the economics of hobby beekeeping

Honey Bees
Remember the book “The $64 tomato”? Well, I did some calculating to figure out how much a jar of honey was costing me to produce. The bottom line – it’s an expensive bottle of honey. I figure a pound of honey costs me $27.63 to produce. A little better than…
 
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winterizing my beehives

Honey Bees
I’d like to do the best I can to keep my bees alive this winter so I’ve been reading and asking at my local bee club. As they say, ask two beekeepers the same question and you’ll get three answers. On top of that, bees have a mind of their…
 
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