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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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Monday, April 05, 2010

Hive Transformation - the Resurgence of a Dead Hive

Now I know for sure. A swarm moved into Bermuda on Sunday, Easter, morning. It is the rebirth of the hive on a significant day. I took these pictures at dusk with a flash and you can see that the bees have taken possession of this hive. How exciting this is!

Every time I leave old equipment out around my house a swarm moves into it. My second year of beekeeping a small swarm moved into a hive box that was sitting on its side on my deck. The next year a swarm moved into a nuc box that was sitting in my carport. This year a swarm moved into Bermuda and appears to be happy there.

I might put out another empty hive set up with some old drawn comb in it and see if that garners me yet another hive!

Another dusk view of the entry way.

Meanwhile the L Hive is desperate for my attention. They are bearding and even with the new yellow box (which is pretty much full of empty frames) they are so crowded that they are hanging out and festooning off of the landing to keep the hive from being too hot indoors.

I can't wait to put a slatted rack on on Thursday and take an "after" picture.

Of course, Thursday is an iffy proposition.

I have been called for jury duty that day and am on the call list. I get to call in the night before to see if I actually have to serve. The last time I was called for jury duty a couple of years ago, I did have to go in, so I'm hoping my chances are good that I won't have to go on Thursday. I cleared my books because it was highly likely I would be out of the office. However, if I am home instead, then it's a beekeeping day, for sure.

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  1. I have some catching up to do! I hope you get out of jury duty!

  2. Great photo, I've never seen that many bees outside the hive. That is awesome that you had a swarm move in to abandonded hive. I'll try that next Spring.

  3. Linda! How exciting!!! I'm so happy for you & your bees, new and old. Because of you, I've ordered slatted racks for my hives to help keep the girls comfortable year round. Thank you for all your great advice. I hope Thursday is a beekeeping day, but, on the other hand, you would make a good and fair juror.


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