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Cutting Squares - Cut Honeycomb

My topbar hive was becoming loaded, so heavy, that my poorly constructed hive support legs were breaking. I needed to both harvest and stabilize the hive. 261 more words



It’s been quite a while since I last posted.  At that time it appeared that both queens had made it through the winter.  Unfortunately the older queen wasn’t able to handle the drastic warm/cold swings of our spring weather here.   314 more words


Second Swarm

I had a call from mum as I was at work today that there was a new swarm that had landed on one of the pear trees near the garden. 363 more words


Welcome Home!

Today we had some new arrivals on the farmy. About 300-400 of them. And thus far they seem to be content in their new location. 624 more words


How are my first swarm?

Today was pretty windy and damp ~16ºC

The bees had drunk all the syrup in the side unit of the hive, but I don’t think they’d found the sugar syrup on the top of the hive. 113 more words



Today I discovered bees in the hive! They’d moved themselves in all by themselves!

I noticed bees flying around the hive as I was in the greenhouse, so I looked at the entrance, and saw bees flying in and out. 95 more words


Finishing First Top Bar Hive

I added the green roof to the hive today, stapling the green plastic over the wood for water protection. I’ve been building it at mum and dad’s under their garden shelter, and mum says there have been a few scout bees looking interested at it. 71 more words