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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 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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Changing comb – Part 1 – Season 6


If I was allowed to talk about only one rule every natural beekeeper should abide by, it would be changing honey comb (foundation) yearly. Yes, it means that the bees will be spending time, energy and food on building new foundation (so, I make them do it in the fall). Yes, you will need to be monitoring the hive for some stubborn…

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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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Fast expanding hives – Season 6


In my previous post, I described how I had five colonies, four of which were moved into double-deep-super size beehives for the summer expansion (they are my honey making colonies). I made a split from one of those colonies.   The fifth colony was split as well, with both beehives positioned on the same stand, equal distance away from the…

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Expanding to double deep supers – Season 6


So, this year, I started with 5 colonies in the spring. Due to my family circumstances, I did not have the time to start queen replacement process and, instead, decided to let the bees decide when they need to replace their queens. The queens were old. The colonies were rather large, so I made sure that I removed the bottom tray earlier…

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Spring check – Season 6


The weather this winter was rather mild. I did not have to wrap the hives, and the colonies seem to have faired quite well. The way I checked the colonies without opening them is the following: I untied the strap and removed the feeding bottle. Then, I gently lifted the hive about an inch or two on one side. That…

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