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All Aboard! Off for Sunny California

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We are making the leap into the world of migratory beekeeping this winter.  On Wednesday we loaded up the girls to spend the winter in northern California to prepare them for the almond pollination that arrives in February.  They should arrive at their destination today, and then they will be able to fly in temperatures […]

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Ladies Load the Ladies!

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Last week some of the bees got pulled from several yards. Here are Andria and Wynne proud of loading them up and strapping them down! Nice work! Peaceful Bees Loaded Up! And we are still feeding awfully hard. It’s incredible how much support they need after being shut inside for weeks earlier than usual. Temps […]

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Warm Syrup and Happier Bees!

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We finished the latest round on the bee circuit last Friday. That did involve getting the truck stuck at one location at the bottom of a long hill, but fortunately the landowner was near at hand with his tracked skid steer from our friends at Caterpillar. That was a very short term holdup, and I […]

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Save the Bees 2018!

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September 1st! It was a very productive week. Most of the honey is off the hives, and most of them had one or two mite treatments in August. I’ve had much greater success with hive strength and overwintering if we begin the major knockdown in August rather than September. If it waits until October, I […]

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A Honey House Surprise!

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We continue to truck along with the 2018 honey harvest. The barrels are filling as the pressure mounts to stay on top of the parasite loads. As we were working in the extracting room yesterday, I spotted some pink “honey” in a frame we uncapped for the extractor. My first thought was that the bees […]