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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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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Good News for the Bees Who Found Me

The bees who found me are busily working in this nuc hive. They have filled four frames out of five in the bottom box and I have another medium nuc box above them with drawn comb. I hope that isn't too much space for them to defend, but they need to build up fast. I have been replacing their sugar syrup every day.

Here you can see the colored pollen they are packing into the cells. Randy Oliver said that it is important that there be varied pollen colors and while this is not too varied, they are bringing in several shades of yellow.

I never saw the queen but the camera did!!!! There she is escaping my view on the right side of the screen. I can't tell from the pictureif she has a red dot on her thorax since her thorax is out of view, but this is only a four frame hive. Hopefully the next time I open it I will actually see her with my eyes instead of the camera lens. It did give me great hope to see that she is alive in the hive. I hope they
can build up stores to make it through the winter.

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  1. Anonymous5:07 PM

    This blog was interesting because it shows the hard work, these little creatures, perform. Also the structure and system they have is great. They have the Queen bee and the worker bee, they all have a great role and duty in order to establish their goal. WE should have the same type of team work as well.

  2. Anonymous10:46 PM

    Bees can be such a hassle lol...Always gettin in yo grill. Love the blog.



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