Beekeeping Journal

First, I'm abandoning the hive naming convention of A,B,C, etc. and changing them to 1,2,3 etc. The numbers correlate to the letter order.

Today I found a queen bee outside of my hive. This is a hive that was installed 24 days ago from a package (Carnolians). The queen bee was on the…

Today I noticed a 'swarm' of several hundred bees over the weakest half of my walk-away hive split, the hive out front of the house. That hive has…

Two weeks ago, I split a weak hive. I knew it was probably too weak to split and I also knew I couldn't separate them more than 150 feet or so but…

Today I installed two packages of Carnolian bees from Stedman's Bee Supply in Silverdale. The installation went smooth. Weather was sunny but…

Today I split my hive that made it through winter (Italians). Not sure how successful this will be as 1) it's a weak hive and 2) I'm only…

Did a hive inspection today to see what it looks like inside my hive, which until now, has been closed for winter. I was a bit disappointed at…

I went into winter with two supers. I realize now that was a mistake. Today I reduced the hive down to one deep super.

We have quite a bout of cold weather and snow coming, with daytime highs not breaking freezing. I insulated the hive with insulation panels, cut…

Hive B (the captured swarm) is weak and will not make it through the winter on its own. Combined with hive C, using the newspaper method to…

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