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Winter Inspection of beehives

Winter Inspection – Season 6


Winter is the easiest and the most difficult season. Not much needs to be done. And not much can be done, when things go very wrong. Often, the weather plays a big role. It may be very cold, or very wet. Nosema is a big threat because of those cold and wet months. It may be that the temperatures fluctuate…

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Bee in Harmony by Sophia Rowe

Changing comb – Part 4 – Season 6


In Part 2 and Part 3 of Changing Comb series for this Season 6, I told about removing of the old comb (foundation) from the beehive before preparing the colony for the winter. This is a modified by me method (called the Bailey comb change method) described in BeeCraft, July 2016, by Jason Learner from National Bee Unit British organization. The difference…

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Changing comb – Part 3 – Season 6


In the last post, I described how I removed the old comb from my four deep double super beehives. I still had three hives in regular supers, which needed to have their old foundation removed. So, in this post, I am going to talk about them. 1. I start with placing a clean bottom board and deep super next to the…

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Old comb - Bee In Harmony

Changing comb – Part 2 – Season 6


The fall is here. It is time to harvest honey. For us, natural beekeepers, it is also time to  change the comb (foundation). Every year, as I harvest my honey, I change from deep double supers to my regular width deep supers, and in the process, I inspect each frame, looking for any dark comb and brood. I either set it aside for…

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Rowe Apiaries - queen laying in honey supers

Bee packages – Part IV -Season 4


This is a continuation of my posts on the three new bee colonies, which I started from packages this year. In the last week of July, I always schedule a mid-summer check-up for my beehives. We still have a very productive month of August ahead of us, so it is time to check on honey supers and dust the colonies. The important…

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