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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I began my 13th year of beekeeping in April 2018. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hotlanta Nights and the Bees are starting to Beard!

With slatted racks, screened bottom boards, and propping the hive tops, my hives are about as ventilated as I can accomplish. But as the Atlanta nights get hotter, so does the interior of the beehive. You can see the beard on Bermuda (left in first picture), Mellona (the tall hive). Even Proteus with its mixed up configuration has a beard beginning.

It entertains me to see that the small swarm nuc has its own version of a beard! Of course, that nuc doesn't have a screened bottom board, a slatted rack, nor is the top propped, so even though it is the smallest of my bee colonies, it is probably the hottest temperature-wise.
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