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IAN'S BEE JOURNAL

June 16 , 2017

QUEENS

Just a quick note about queens: we have received several
calls this week from desperate beekeepers looking for queens.
Seems as though they haven't been checking their hives on a
weekly basis and now discover that there is no queen in the
hive and haven't had a queen for a long time. So now there
is no brood in the hive , which means there is no nurse bees.
Introducing a mated queen into a hive with no brood or nurse
bees has a very low success rate. Without nurse bees there
are no bees to take care of the eggs that the new queen will
lay. If a beekeeper finds himself with a queenless hive with
no brood , it is recommended to transfer a frame of brood with
nurse bees from another hive before introducing a mated queen.

June 11 , 2017

A nice warm day in the beeyard today although a little windy.
Smoker not too effective with the wind gusts dispersing the smoke.
Today we checked several hives that were in the process of re-queening
on their own after we split some hives. We saw eggs and larvae which
were indicators that the virgin queens were able to mate successfully.
Natural brood break by splitting and letting them make their own queens
is another non chemical method way to deal with mites. Mites will die
off when there isn't any brood in the hive while re-queening.

May 28 , 2017

Full class today , good weather , bees were calm and gentle so all
the students had a good experience in the beeyard. Each student
has their own hive to perform a hive inspection. " Hands on "
is the best teacher.

May 27 , 2017

Another busy nuc pick up day today. Good weather to install bees in a hive.

May 22 , 2017

Today was the first bee class of the season. With poor weather in
the forecast we weren't sure if we could get out into the beeyard.
To our surprise it cleared up in the afternoon and the bees were
calm and gentle.

May 20 , 2017

Today is the first nuc pick up day of the season - we prepare
our nucs in vented wooden nucs boxes with screwed down lids -
no chance of any escapees on the trip home. Installing a nuc into
a hive body is a simple process - transfer frames into an empty
hive body into the middle of the hive in the same order that the
frames were in the nuc box. Fill in the empty space with frames ,
close up the hive and reduce the entrance so the bees can guard the
entrance. Check back in a couple of days to make sure the queen
survived the transport and transfer.

May 17 , 2017

Lots of dandelions out right now and the bees are bringing in
lots of bright yellow pollen and nectar.

May 10 , 2017

Checked our splits today to make sure the queens were accepted
into the hives and they have started to lay eggs. Usually takes
a few days for the queens to get going...

May 6 , 2017

Queens arrived this week , so we did our splits on Thursday.
Today we will introduce the new queens into the splits. We
like to leave the splits queenless for 48 hours so that the
pheromones from the original queen have dissipated and the
bees will accept the new queen.

APRIL 27 , 2017

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Warm sunny day in the beeyard today , first opportunity to open
the beehives today. We removed hive top feeders , scraped burr comb,
reversed brood boxes , and installed entrance feeders. Typically,
through the Winter , the bees work their way up through the hive as
they consume their Winter stores. Once Spring arrives and the queen
begins her egg production , the colony is in the upper box near the
hive top feeder. Queens generally like to move up while they lay
their brood nest , so we reverse the boxes so she has lots of room.
Today , with the warm weather , we begin feeding the organic feed
supplement with THYMOL in the syrup with entrance feeders. The
lower entrance remains reduced and protected from critters. There
are a lot of drones in the hives and lots of pollen being gathered.

APRIL 21 , 2017

Cool and damp the past few days , today we refilled the hive top
feeders with 1:1 syrup. Hive wraps are still on.

APRIL 13 , 2017

Beautiful warm Spring day in the beeyard today - the bees are very
active. We are noticing light yellow pollen being gathered today. We
are cleaning out the old mouldy syrup from the hive top feeders and
replacing with fresh 1:1 syrup. The 1:1 syrup simulates a nectar flow
and stimulates the queen to increase egg production. Hives with active
queens should see an increase in bee population , while overwintered
queenless colonies should see a decline in bee population as the
Winter bees die off and the hives become empty.

APRIL 5 , 2017

Another warm day today , the bees are a buzzin' . We filled the hive
top feeders. The hives are active and the colonies are building in
numbers as the queens are laying eggs. We should be into our third
brood cycle by now.

MARCH 27 , 2017

Today is mild and what looks like the beginning of a nice warm spell.
We checked and filled our hive top feeders with 1:1 syrup today. The
nights are still cold so we will leave our winter wraps on the hives.

MARCH 19 , 2017

Warm sunny day in the beeyard today , we cleaned out some
old mouldy syrup and filled up the hive top feeders with fresh
syrup - 1:1 mix . This warm weather has the bees flying and
they are now just starting to bring in light beige almost white
pollen - maybe pussy willows are open somewhere in the
neighbourhood. Still cold at night so we will leave the winter
wraps on for another couple of weeks .

MARCH 7 , 2017

Today we filled up our hive top feeders , this mild weather has
the bees buzzin' and they are hungry. This is a critical time of
year , the colony is growing and there won't be flowers for months.

FEBRUARY 18 , 2017

Today we went out to the beeyard to check the hive top feeders and
switch over to syrup. In past years we have noticed the bees start
taking feed at the beginning of February , which is an indication that
the queens are starting to lay eggs and the colony is starting to build
up. Most hives were taking the dry sugar we had in the feeders and some
were almost empty.

JANUARY 14 , 2017

Today we checked our hive top feeders for sugar levels and
peeked down the feeder hole for activity. The warm weather
we have experience recently has us concerned about increased
bee activity causing the bees to eat more food. The other
concern with these fluctuations in temperature is moisture build
up. We keep our upper entrance open and facing down to vent any
moisture that might build up in the hive. While checking the hive
we like to take a long thin stick and clear away any dead bees
from the bottom board. If we see a lot of dead bees this might
indicate a dead out , a few dead bees will be normal as the Winter
bees begin to slowly die off, no dead bees is a good sign that
the bees are clustered and healthy.

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Prices effective March 1 , 2017
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2149 Quin Mo Lac Rd.
Tweed , ON.
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