Swarm Catcher

Ever the optimist I put out bait hives every year. “A bait hive is an empty hive that is set up to attract a swarm during the swarming season. For about a week before a colony swarms it sends out scout bees to find a new home.” http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/baithives.html. There are pros and cons to catching swarms;… Continue reading Swarm Catcher

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Privileged

Being a beekeeper is a privilege.  I get to go out into nature on my solitary mission to tend to the beehives, usually in the very best of weather. After the initial flurry of preparation there is a peacefulness the descends as I approach my hives. I greet each of them, talking to the ladies… Continue reading Privileged

Bees are loving the neglect

Beekeepers seem to be in a perpetual state of angst. Despite our outwardly appearance of calm and the absolute joy that beekeeping brings, worries flow with the seasons and the weather… and a myriad of other triggers.  There’s this phenomenon called the June gap, a two -week period of dearth when the hives are full… Continue reading Bees are loving the neglect