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winterizing a beehive

Winterizing Hives – Season 6


It is the most critical time of the year. The colonies will not raise brood until the spring, so the bees that were raised in the fall is all we have got. The bees stay in a tight cluster during the colder temperatures. The bees on the outside of the cluster need to rotate with the ones inside the cluster…

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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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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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Adding honey supers – Season 6


We have had very hot and dry months of June and July, so it was a great relief to get some rain in August. I was able to check on two of the four beehives that I had set up for making honey (with double deep supers). Two of them were ready for expansion. Deep double supers are waiting for expansion You…

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Ants in a beehive

Ants in the hive


We had never had ants in our hives. Ever. Until this summer, the bees had successfully kept the ants away from their honey. So, as I walked around our honey hive, I was alarmed to see the ants marching  and disappearing under the lid. My smoker was stubbornly failing to smoke and I began to contemplate opening the hive without…

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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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