Wrong Hive!

Wrong Hive!

This past Saturday I was reminded once again on how fragile the world we live in is, and in particular, how quickly things can go wrong in the apiary. I had just cracked open the cover on the last hive I intended to split in our home apiary. It was a robust Italian...
Spring = Busy Bees

Spring = Busy Bees

Spring time is the busiest time of the year for beekeepers here in Michigan. Beginning in March we go through our apiaries and cleanup any dead outs (e.g. hives that didn’t make it through the winter.) Once again, we were fortunate this year in that we only lost...
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Winter was late in coming this year, but once it arrived you couldn’t miss it!   This morning I was reading the weather outlook in the Michigan Farm News (written by Jeff Andressen the meteorologist with the MSU Extension) and if they have it right, the recent...
It’s a Drones Life!

It’s a Drones Life!

Winter was long in coming here in W. Michigan. We still had some very temperate sunny afternoons in November. On one of those afternoons I visited one of our apiaries to see how the bees were faring. There were a few bees flying, gathering water from a nearby low spot...
Swarm Craziness

Swarm Craziness

Swarming season is in full swing here in W. Michigan. Friday morning while working in our own apiary I witnessed a couple of swarms taking off, even though our colonies have all been split. Some have been split into three, but that didn’t stop those old queens...
Beautiful Day in the Apiary!

Beautiful Day in the Apiary!

Today we had a unseasonably warm spring day, so we headed over to our bee yards to see how they were doing.   We were able to check for laying queens and making sure each colony has enough stores to get them through the next 4-5 weeks.  The bees were taking advantage...

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