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The bees and the birds…

Managed honey bee colonies act collectively as our “canary in the coal mine,” alerting us to the deleterious effects of toxic chemicals in the environment.  The news is bad! Bees are dying!   Scientific analysis of the effects of these toxic chemicals … Continue reading

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Bee Colony Rescue Helps Promote Sustainable Farming on San Juan Island

Honey bees are an integral part of the deeply-routed heritage of agriculture in the San Juan Islands.  Farmers depend on these hard-working participants to bring residents and tourists alike a bountiful array of delicious and healthy fruits, vegetables, and honey … Continue reading

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Scales? July 23, 2012 Hive Check

Catchy heading!  Read all the way to the end to find out more…or not, since I have no idea what I saw on the back of that little bee’s thorax.  Definitely looking for input here.  Hopefully it isn’t anything that … Continue reading

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Her Highness Takes Flight!

If you read my last post, you know I discovered two queen cells in my hive and yesterday when I checked, they’d both been opened.  Without actually “bee-ing” in the hive myself, I could only surmise that my colony had … Continue reading

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July 12, 2012: Bee-wildered! Queen Cell and Deformed Wing Virus.

I am trying to check my hive at least twice a week to monitor how things are going, especially after seeing the varroa mites since installing the second package of bees and new queen.  The temperature here on the island … Continue reading

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Counting Varroa Mites

Yesterday I went out to check and see how effective my Hopguard strip is at repelling those varroa mites.  My Country Rubes screened bottom board has access at the back of the hive where I’ve placed a sheet of gridded … Continue reading

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Housekeeping, kickboxing and the marionette dance!

I was having a morning where all I wanted was to crawl back in bed and start over.  The sun wasn’t out…other “issues” looming over me…feeling rather glum like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh! Well, I didn’t go back to … Continue reading

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Bee Drama! A Queen Flies the Coop!

Bee drama! Last week I reported that my first hive of bees either had a missing queen or a queen that was only laying drones.  When I discovered the problem, I immediately ordered another package of bees and a new … Continue reading

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Bee-Wildered…and no Queen!

Bee-wildered!   A new friend and fellow beekeeper came over yesterday to assist with my hive check.  It was great to have an extra pair of hands and eyes to search for the elusive queen.  I had looked for her … Continue reading

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May 14, 2012 Hive Check

May 15, 2012 Yesterday I decided to tackle some of my beekeeping “stuff” that I’d been putting off.  I saw that it was going to be a nice warm day and needed to look in my beehive and make sure … Continue reading

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