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Apiary #4: Second deep body built, help on the way

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 06-17-2014 12:27 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wednesday will be one week since I brought home the bees, and its probably time to add the second brood box on top of the first one. The bees are crazy busy and I’m sure they’ve built up comb on the additional frames in their box. I finished assembling the frames and have the box ready to go.

The bee suit arrived in the mail today. I opted for just a jacket with an attached veil. Doesn’t look very sting proof, but it’s really baggy, so should be alright.

I met a guy at the local farm market who said he’d be happy to come out and help me open it up and see what’s going on when I add my next box. He’s been keeping bees for 18 years and didn’t lose ANY bees over this past winter, so here’s a guy I can learn from. I wanted an experienced person to help me inspect them this first time to make sure they’re off to a good start and doing what they’re supposed to do. He’s coming Thursday afternoon. My next entry will have a progress update and perhaps some pictures.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.



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#1 posted 06-17-2014 12:41 AM

I have friends that have bee hives. They say they have yet to be stung. They do their jobs, and you do yours by harvesting their fine honey. Good luck with them. Wifee and I have talked of doing the same thing. Maybe some day, just not now. Too much going on. We all need to “bee” aware of this: No Bees means NO crops of produce.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 12:13 PM

My goal is to end up with three hives by splitting this one next spring into two more colonies. Since these are “survivor” bees I should be in good shape for the winter. They have good genes from having survived through Michigan winters. Who knows, if it goes really well, I’ll get more colonies and place boxes on other property besides our yard.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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