Sunday, November 23, 2014

53 and Sunny

SHD1 yard: 53 degrees F, sunny and calm today after a cold week in the 30's.
Mouse guards are put on and everyone is in top shape for the coming cold weather.

The smaller colonies are all set for winter also.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A hundred jars of honey...

You know it.... a hundred jars of honey on the wall,
a hundred jars of honey. If one of those jars just happen to fall, 99
jars of honey on the wall.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

Visit our new Esty Store

Our 100% Beeswax Candles, Natural Soaps and Lip Balms
 can now be purchased through our
Etsy Store.

Beeswax Candles 

Lip Balm- 4 flavors

Natural Soap

Handmade to perfection.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winter Ready

First freeze last night so we got the winter inner covers on the hives today. These covers absorb moisture the bees give off inside the hive and offer some insulation value so the moisture does not condense on the cold hive top and drip back down on the bees. Wet bees during cold weather is a sure way to lose the colony.They should be all set for the coming winter weather as they have plenty of good healthy bees and 50 plus pounds of stores each.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Honey Bee Facts - American Beekeeping Federation

Honey Bee Facts - American Beekeeping Federation

Did You Know?

About the Honey Bee

  • Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, pluots, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, etc.
  • There are three members of a honey bee colony:
    • Queen - mother to all the bees in the colony; she is a fertile female.
    • Worker - an infertile female that performs the labor tasks of the colony, including feed preparation, guarding the hive, feeding the queens, drones and brood, and heating and cooling the hive.
    • Drone - the male that starts out as an unfertilized egg. Its only purpose in the colony is to mate with a virgin queen. They live to mate with the queen, but not more than one in a thousand get the opportunity to mate.
  • On average, a worker bee in the summer lasts six to eight weeks. Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out. During that six to eight-week period, their average honey production is 1/12 of a teaspoon. In that short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of 1 1/2 times the circumference of the earth.
  • The peak population of a colony of honeybees is usually at mid-summer (after spring buildup) and results in 60,000 to 80,000 bees per colony. A good, prolific queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day.
  • Drones fly on United Airlines. This is a corny joke amongst beekeepers because of the way queens and drones mate. When a queen is five to six days old, she is ready to mate. She puts out a pheromone scent to attract the males and takes off in the air. The males from miles around smell the scent and instantly volunteer in the mating chase, which is performed in the air.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Winding Down

The 2014 season is quickly coming to an end and the fall Buckwheat will soon fade to become the nutrients for next years crop. 11/08/14