This is the second full hive treatment with oxalic acid to combat mites. Normally I would do a third but not sure - the mite levels are likely within acceptable levels now.  Bear in mind that I had rhubarb leaves in the hives already prior to two doses of acid and my smoker contains rhubarb leaves. The bees have been exposed to steady levels of oxalic. I'll evaluate next week. Thus far, the hives seem to be doing well with no immediately evident negative impacts of treatment to the hives.

It's been hot - in the mid 90's and the bees have been bearding during the day and night. Added ventilation to the tops of the hives.

I can't say enough good about Cackle Hatchery. For one, it's mind-boggling that they can ship live baby chicks and have them arrive intact and in good health. I know how it works with the yolk and the chicks not needing food or water but still … through the Post Office?? At any rate, our new chicks arrived today: 6 Easter Eggers, 5 Australorps and 6 Olive Eggers. All were in good health, and there were three extra chicks in the box! Now doesn't this just smite you with absolute cuteness? I love them already!


Successfully did an oxalic acid vapor treatment of both hives. This is best done when there is no brood or honey supers. I do have brood but I did it now as I missed the window of opportunity earlier. I will do another followup treatment in a week or so to catch other emerging brood. After that, I'll wait until just before winter when the queen isn't laying. No real issues or lessons learned, except maybe to have a real clock out there instead of a cell phone. Or a kitchen timer type of thing.

Did a full hive inspection of both hives. Both are looking great as the bees have drawn out comb in the top super and have loaded up the bottom supers. Added a bruised, fresh rhubarb leaf between supers in each hive to help control varroa mites.

Both hives looking great. While originally C seemed the strongest, A is better developed and has noticeably more traffic coming and going. But both doing well. Added second super to each.

Two packages from Stedman's bees in Silverdale. 

Three baby chicks from incubator

Trinity Hybrid from RH Shumway, in Crop Circle