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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 16th year of beekeeping in April 2021. 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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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Blue Heron Inspection May 7 2011

In this inspection at Blue Heron, we wanted to check on the progress of Julia's hive (started from a package in mid March) and to see if the even split of my hive had worked and resulted in two laying queens.

We found Julia's hive to be a little slow, but still up and running. We wondered about the bad weather (tornadoes and storms over the last few weeks) or if the location in the woodsy shade (better than the flood plain, but not ideal for bees) contributed to the slow start.

Linda's even split was a complete failure. Neither hive had a laying queen. We determined that we needed to combine the two hives later that afternoon after I had gone home and stolen frames of brood and eggs from Colony Square and Lenox Pointe.

To follow up, see tomorrow's post.....

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