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  1. New Zealand Piccies

    by , 12-11-2008 at 11:56 AM
    I finally sorted, adjusted, resized and uploaded my latest pics from NZ. What a chore, especially when trying to take care of the house, garden and bees. I'm not even going to try uploading them all on the forum. But you can check them out at my Picasa site: http://picasaweb.google.com/selchiedubh
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  2. Phew!

    by , 12-08-2008 at 02:03 PM
    A week after Garrett helped inspect my hives, and we saw eggs in my original hive, I looked in again. The queen was nowhere to be seen, but they can be pretty elusive. But the I found no eggs, and only very mature larvae and capped pupae. That means the queen is probably AWOL or dead. To make matters more definite, the vast majority of the capped brood was drones. That means she didn’t mate well, and is thus a dud. Make that a missing dud.

    No worries, I thought. I have two brand-new ...
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  3. Bee Insomnia

    by , 01-08-2008 at 12:23 PM
    The bees have certainly been keeping me on my toes. After making the “queen cell” split and having a swarm, things got confusing and stressful. Many wee-hour wakings, thinking of what I should have done with this, that and the other thing. I had worries that there were no queens, or at least no well-mated queens in the three new hives. So I did some bee juggling to keep them contented, and eventually recombined two hives into one. I envisioned recombining the potentially queenless or dud queen hives ...
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  4. Swarm!

    by , 15-07-2008 at 12:47 PM
    The fun never stops around here. At least I didn’t get stung today (yet).

    I was a bit drowsy from antihistamines this morning, so didn’t feel up to an excursion with Karin & Kate. Perking up a little later, I figured I needed to work on woodenware for the bees. It took a little while for the loud humming to attract my attention, but finally I looked out to see what the bees were up to. A cloud of swarming bees is impressive. I guess none of the neighbors noticed, because I heard ...
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  5. The Queen Pipes

    by , 14-07-2008 at 04:14 PM
    13 July 2008
    Since splitting Boudicca’s hive a couple of weeks ago, I have been waiting for the queen cells in the original hive to hatch. On Thursday, I inspected the hive. As expected, there are only a few remaining capped worker and drone cells from Boudicca’s egg laying. I saw one drone emerging from his cell, which is a first for me, and so a bit special. Down in one box I heard a queen piping, so I knew that at least one had hatched out. The piping sounds like a tiny kazoo. She does ...
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