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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Recipe from Liquid Kitchen

For those who enjoy liquid adult refreshment, this may be worth a try.  It is called a Honey Hum Collins and utilizes a water and honey solution as part of the recipe.  Kathy Casey, the gal in the video, is also a beekeeper and has her own brand of honey called "5130 Honey", which is the address of her beeyard. If you give this a try, please post your thoughts below in the comments section.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Plans for Expansion

I love the Spring-like weather we are having, and my thoughts turn to what I want to do with my apiary this year.  I've been talking with Dawn, and we have decided on expansion of the bee operation beyond my initial hopes of adding six more hives.  If the weather cooperates and I am able to successfully split my two existing hives, then I hope to use them for harvesting worker bees for starting new hives in June.  In May I'll be taking a queen rearing class and will be bringing home a frame of queen cells to raise, and I hope to give as many as possible a new hive as a birthday present!  We'll see how the best laid plans of mice and men work out....more to come.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bees Doing Great!

Dawn and I went to the farm today to check on the bees.  It was around 50 degrees and they were buzzing all around taking their cleansing flights and cleaning out their dead.  Over the past month it looks as if they have each eaten about 5 pounds of sugar from the candy boards.  They had also eaten about a 5th of a full pollen patty.  I'm hoping that they worst of winter has passed, and I can start feeding them sugar water and building up brood.  I'm hoping to split the hives in late March.