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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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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Second Blue Heron Inspection of 2010

By the way, I have lots to share from Young Harris - I learned a lot there, but will share as I apply what I learned.  There's too much to try to give you a Young Harris memo in one post.

We did our second Blue Heron inspection for the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association on Saturday.  The weather held and we had a good time.  As you will remember, the first two hives we installed here with Jennifer Berry's nucs appear to have been queenless.  It was an odd situation because they may have swarmed but without leaving a queen cell.  To make sure all was well, we added a frame of brood and eggs to each hive from our hives at home.  Then we didn't open the hives for three weeks to give them time to make a new queen, get her mated and have her start laying.

Noah and I checked on Sunday after Young Harris and found evidence of active queens in both hives - what a relief.  We then had a hive inspection on May 22.

Here is the slide show for all to see.  At the bottom of the black frame, you have an opportunity to click to see the captions for all of these pictures.  If you want to see the show full screen, double click on the slideshow below and then choose Slideshow and full screen from the Picasa Web Album:


  1. Anonymous3:50 PM

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  2. Hey linda, Why did you put rubber bands around the frames? Is it a restriction for comb construction?

  3. On the side of the bottom of the slideshow there's an icon for captions. Click on it to understand what is going on. I cut some comb that the bees weren't building right and rubber banded it into the frame so the bees wouldn't lose the comb but would start building in the right place. In the end they chew through the rubber band and carry it out of the hive.


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