Monthly Archives : October 2013

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Preparing for the winter, Part II

The temperatures are dropping below 30F this week… I remember, back in 2008, when I took the beekeeping classes (right after a very warm and dry year of 2007), the only recommendation for preparing the beehives for the winter was to install the mouse guard. I think that the times have changed. This year the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting (again) a…

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Preparing for the winter, Part I

The fall is so lovely here, in Alabama. During the day, it gets so warm that a light jacket is enough to enjoy the blue skies and a little breeze for hours… At night, however, the temperatures drop below 40F. So, last week, I started preparing the bees for the winter. It used to be that beekeepers simply installed the…

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Preparing for the Fall, Part II

I changed all of our bees’ foundation in the beginning of September (Labor Day weekend), when I also harvested the honey.It is now the middle of October, and it is time to prepare the bees for the winter. But first, I had to joint the brood rearing colonies with the queen-right colonies. The brood-rearing colony should have already been sitting…

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Preparing for the fall – changing foundation, Part I

This is a bit late, but I wanted to describe our process of changing foundation yearly, which is so important to natural beekeeping. There are obvious reasons to change foundation, such as disrupting mite breeding cycle, and getting rid of pathogenic bacterial spores and viruses that get imbedded into the comb, but there are also such things as mold and…

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