Happy About The Honeybees

They Survived After a week of Arctic blast temperature here, we have a balmy 60°F temperature this morning though raining.  The rain will continue for the rest of the day and is expected to stop by Saturday morning.  But 60 degrees Fahrenheit is high enough for the honeybees to come out of their hives and start cleaning themselves.  This weekend the temperature is predicted to … Continue reading Happy About The Honeybees

Beekeeping In The Age Of Climate Change

I’m Keeping My Fingers Crossed Losing all six hives last winter took the wind out of my sails.  I set up three new hives in spring but the weather has been uneven through the whole season.  The cold weather had lasted much longer than usual and the temperature has been seesawing from spring into autumn.  Some days we had 40°F in summer and 70°F in … Continue reading Beekeeping In The Age Of Climate Change

First Inspection

After Five Months Finally, a break last Sunday, great weather and I’m home. It was sunny, over 70°F, and no wind, a good day for opening up beehives for the first inspection.  I have removed insulation from all hives and opened them up for the first time after five months.  As I suspected, only hive#1 survived the winter.  The other four hives were gone, one died of … Continue reading First Inspection

Dead Hive

They Starved to Death The honeybees were busy today, flying in and out with a lot of pollen.  I’m glad we live in a watershed area with so many trees blossoming at this time of year.  There are not many leaves to be seen but a lot of maples here are budding.  A large silver maple in the front yard just unfurled its petals as well. … Continue reading Dead Hive