Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One of the Carniolan queens absconded and other bees robbed out the syrup. I'm going to move one of the nucs into the 10 frame equipment this weekend. The other queen is building up slowly, as is the italian queen from this year's package. The large Carniolan hive has about 2.5 supers of honey so far.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

An experiment with splits. One over-wintered hive and one new package were not building up as well as I thought they should be, so I put the queens in nuc boxes and re-queened the hives with Carniolans. We'll see how this goes ...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Well, it's a rainy June 7. The overwintered Italian hive is not building up well at all. Guess I'll have to requeen it - I have Carniolan queens ordered from Full Bloom Apiaries for the two new Italian packages, as they aren't building well either. I may put the Italian queens into nuc boxes just to see what happens. The Carniolan hive from last year is going great, starting to fill the first super.

Monday, February 11, 2013

February 2013 - a bit of snow !

We didn't have to "find" Nemo - it found us. More snow than we've gotten in a long time. The upper entrances were clear, so a few bees went for a flight but didn't make it back. Rain today, so it will be like cement.