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Rure Raw Whidbey Island Honey
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Supposedly in order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey and an average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

Well, I just have to let everyone know that it takes 59.8 miles to make 1 trip to the store. $24.57 for everything I need. A total of 254 feet of walking in order to combine 10752 teaspoons of sugar and 1664 tablespoons of water just to make 10 gallons of syrup for the bees when they aren't able to feed themselves -- and I'm just one person!

So please grow more nectar producing plants and stop trying to kill all those blackberry bushes!

Save the beekeepers!
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Busy bees!!
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7/12/16
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Last queen of the batch ..just wanted to make sure she's viable and sure enough, she's moving around and it looks like she's trying to chew her way out.

https://youtu.be/u5JWtuRKJYQ

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A just hatched virgin queen from my first grafting of the year. Marked her and placed her back with the bees - hopefully they'll take care of her. She's #2 ...more hopefully will follow.
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Here is a picture of a queen cell that has been just capped. Sorry for the blurry image, not easy to take pics and the phone kept focusing on the background. Overall I’m pleased but I wonder if those cells should be longer – indicating a chance for a larger queen. It might be too early to judge.
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04/03 - Just an update from yesterday After 47 hour since the graft things still look good. Very well so far. Seems like they gave up on one but are still working on 8 (started with 11 grafts). From what I can see, the queen cups are nearly full of royal jelly if not completely full. Very pleased for the first graft of the season! Here is a picture of the same cell 23 hours after the first picture.
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4/3/16
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