My Honeybees

Backyard Beekeeping

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Hive checks on May 3, 2015

Both of the hives were checked on May 3. I removed the feeders and put an empty frame in. When I removed the feeder from the one hive it had more burr  comb in it. I removed the comb and found that there was a larva in various states of development.

There are lots of flowers in bloom now and the bees have lots of nectar and pollen available to them now.

The honeybees have been enjoying the fountains and I have found them drinking at the waters edge.

Larva found in burr comb

Burr comb pulled from feeder

Hang baskets on patio

Honebees drinking water from fountain 

Dalia in flower pot

Salvia, petunas, zinnias  and other mixed flowers


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Hive check March 9, 2014

I checked on all three hives today and they appear to be alive. I took apart hive one and found that the bees had eaten most of the honey. They only had three frames of honey in one of the brood boxes and about half of one of the supers left. I put an in-line feeder with sugar water in the brood box to hold them over. When I cleaned up this hive there was 4 inches of dead bees in the bottom box blocking the entrance. The small space in-between the hive and the insulation on the hive was filled with dead bees as well. I’ve removed the insulation on this hive.

The pollen patties have been ordered but haven’t arrived yet. I’m hoping that I will be able give all three of the hives pollen patties this week.



The Queen Bee is Gone 6/24/12

On Sunday, I checked the second hive with hopes it might be ready for a second super. When I opened the hive no bees were in the super I put on 2 weeks earlier and no comb had been drawn out. Upon further inspection there were no new eggs or larva in the brood chambers. Only some capped brood were left. It appears the queen has been gone for about two weeks. The workers were filling cells with nectar and there was capped honey on many of the frames. There were lots of drones as you can see.

I’m desperately seeking a new queen and have called all the local suppliers to see if I can pick one up.  So far no one has got back to me.  Since no queens are available at the moment, only time will tell if they can create a viable queen.  My plan is to wait until the weekend and check the hive again for signs of a new queen.

My first hive is doing extremely well and both supers are full with nectar (and capped brood). I added a third super on the weekend. You can see from the photo below that there is no shortage of drones in this hive. I put a queen excluder between the new super and the second super in hopes to keep the queen out it.

Overcast with a high of 72 degrees Fahrenheit

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Hive check 6/3/12

Old hive

Brood in 3 boxes, including in one super
Bees are building up toward the top of the hive, not out to the sides in the boxes
– Found queen cells and removed comb build up on bottom of frames
– Found lots of drones

New hive

– 2 boxes full
– Added 1st super
– Found cup cells in center of frames
– Lots of drones
– Scraped burr comb build up from bottom of frames, between boxes

English: Honey bee workers on comb of brood

English: Honey bee workers on comb of brood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hive check & observations 5/20/12

I inspected both beehives this weekend to check on their progress.

I topped up the new hive’s feeder but didn’t inspect the frames. The hive was doing well. There was lots of activity in and around the hive and the forger bees had their pollen baskets full with white and light yellow colored pollen.

I only inspected the exterior of the older hive this weekend and observed the hive. Many new bees have emerged this past week and there were new bees just learning how to fly outside of the hive. The newly emerged bees look smaller than I remember them being last year. It is very obvious which are the young bees compared to the older bees. They are smaller, the fur is slicked back on their bodies and they stay close the hive. The young bees are found on the ground and flowers close the hive. Mostly they just sit around or walk.

In the yard there are many new blooms. We have a white lilac tree in the yard that just bloomed for the first time in five years. The peonies that we transplanted 3 years ago are blooming for the first time as well.

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