Category: Bees

  • 30 pounds of sugar

    You have to feed your bees during the winter. Much of the hive will die off, and they’ll cluster together, most likely in the middle of the hive. (A worker only lives for 30 to 90 days, anyway.) Right now we’re feeding them with a top feeder, which has concentrated sugar water. Once it gets […]

  • First Swarm: Bonus Features

    So a couple of interesting things happened when capturing the swarm that I left out of the previous post; I’ll describe them here. Think of them as the “Extra Features” included on CD’s, back when we used CD’s. First, our first attempt failed. Within an hour or so, the bees had left the hive and […]

  • First Bee Swarm

    Last spring we started raising bees. Because of the pandemic, our local beekeeper’s group (PCBA) didn’t their regular “Bee School,” so Beth and I muddled through on our own, courtesy of a “dummies guide” book, and lots of YouTube videos. We did okay. One of our two hives died out before winter, but the other […]