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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, October 11, 2011

Are the Rabun County Bees Ready for Winter

This weekend I was at Rabun County to check on the bees at the School house Garden.  To my delight and surprise, one of the gardeners had cut back all the kudzu that was smothering the back hive there.  I was THRILLED.  I always carry pruning shears in my bee bag, but it was such a relief not to need them!

The bees looked like small hives but both were going fine and had some stores.  I saw young brood, small c-shaped larvae and eggs in each hive.  Neither hive even began to have enough to make it through the winter but at least they had some honey *(which is more than I could say for some Atlanta hives).  There's aster blooming right by the hives and the bees were all over it.

I removed the top box (empty) from each hive and replaced the box as a surround for a rapid feeder which I filled with two quarts of bee tea.

The entire time I was working on the hives, a blue heron stood on the bank on the opposite side of the creek, watching me.  His/her picture is at the end of the slide show.

Pictures speak louder, so here they are:

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