Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Positive bee vibes!

This has been one of the worst years in our beekeeping history. We lost all our hives except the strong one we call the "Beast". We have struggled with varroe mites, wax moths, hive beetles and mold. We have come down to the fact that we need to trim some trees back because it is just too shady where they are. The three hives to the left (two are Kisha's) are thriving but the hives to the right have perished. We will take a different approach next year, mainly getting the trees trimmed back!
Today I inspected our last strong remaining hive. It is thriving with so much brood and honey, above is just a picture of the many frames I found. This one is full of capped brood (baby bees). The open cells already have eggs in them!

The girls were so busy they could have cared less what I was doing. The bee with the big eyes is a drone. He is the size of a small Chihuahua!!!

I found a few frames of incredibly capped honey...

and then there she was!!! The queen we have dubbed "The Beast"!!! She is such a hard working queen and has produced a strong hive of very healthy bees!

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