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Julie D
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A Special Visitor in the Beeyard
Top bar hives seem to be gaining more and more momentum every year, but when I started out, it felt like they were still few and far between. Most people at my bee club hadn't even heard of them, much less had any experience with them. As a result, I turned...

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Where's the Queen?
During my last inspection, Austeja appeared to have absconded and was completely broodless, so I gave her 5 bars of brood and eggs hoping she'd make a new queen. So 2 weeks later, on Independence Day, I expected to find a new queen chewing her way to freedo...

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Vindication!!!
I'm a big proponent of learning through reading and listening to experts. On the other hand, I also believe that you have to trust what you see with your own eyes. To quote Syrio Forel, the fencing teacher from The Game of Thrones, "My words lied. My eyes a...

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A Full Beeyard Again
Last fall, an acquaintance of mine expressed an interest in seeing the bees since she'd like to take up the insanity that is beekeeping. Given the dearth we experienced most of last year and the onset of winter, my bees were super cranky. Not wanting to pro...

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What TBHs look like after 30 days without inspection
Recently, rain, cold weather, work, birthday parties, and chicken-related jobs have all conspired against me. As a result, my TBHs haven't been inspected for a full month. But today was a glorious, sunny 72 degrees F. Not willing to let another day pass wit...

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How hot are my bees?
Invariably, there are two questions that new beeks unaccustomed to working with honey bees ask: Are my bees aggressive? What do I do with them? It's important to know whether you have mean bees or simply defensive ones because pleasant bees will greatly enh...

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5/7
Last week, temps were in the 70's perfect for inspecting. Unfortunately, I was in Florida all week, so my first inspection of the season waited until today. Before I left, I was seeing activity outside 7/8 hives. Then yesterday, which was a beautiful 85 F, ...

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Georges de Layens: Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives
Just returned from a trip to Florida, and the plane ride to/from Orlando was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some bee-related reading that has been languoring by my bedside. Specifically, I was able to skim through my new copy of Georges de Layens' b...

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A Fun Science Fair Project
About 2 months ago, my daughter burst through the door and announced: "Mom, I wanna do a science fair project about bees!" I didn't know whether to be delighted that she wanted to experiment with bees or dismayed by all the tears that would inevitably ensue...

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Spring is Finally Here!
I've been waiting for a day above 65 F to check on the bees. So far Mother Nature has been loathe to cooperate. Seriously, it  snowed  on Saturday! Meanwhile, folks closer to the coast are reporting drone activity. What the heck? Drones?! My daughter hangin...
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