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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hive Inspection at Blue Heron on September 25

Noah and I took about a dozen people on the inspection of the Blue Heron hives on Saturday at 11.  It was a little cooler (thank goodness) and we looked through the two remaining hives.  You'll see the slideshow below.

On the inspection we did a powdered sugar shake and fed the bees with baggie feeders.  The participants asked good questions and seemed to have a good time learning about the bees at Blue Heron.


  1. very interesting and educational.

  2. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I'm impressed at how calm and manageable you bees seem at Blue Heron. No head-butting or stinging, and they aren't even crawling on you or the observers. What strain are these?

  3. Congrats on the AJC article.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  4. I don't think it's about the strain of bees. Our bees have been so much calmer since we started using hive drapes during the inspection.

  5. Hey Linda, DO you use any other treatment besides powdered sugar for varroa?

  6. I don't use any poison in the hives. I believe that if the bees are survivors, they will make it and my job is to facilitate that with screened bottom boards and powdered sugar shakes. But that's all I do.


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