Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Hive Location for Spring 2010

Saturday was a nice day so I decided to go take some pictures from the spot I am thinking of putting my NEW hives this coming spring. There are about three or four spots I thought about putting them, but this one tops the list because of it's easy accessibility, which is kind of a big deal. The pictures are taken from the spot where the hives will be setting. The first one is taken from the direction the hives will be facing, and the second one from the rear direction on the hives.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I am leaving this post to request feedback. If you read this blog quite often, or if you have just happened up on it for the first time, tell me what you think. What would you like to see more of? Pictures? Factual information about honey bees? new ideas? Honey bee news? Stories about my hives? I am about to start building new hives, would you like to see lots of pictures of my progress? Wanna know the different types of honey bees and help me choose the ones I will use next year? Wanna see pics of the areas I am thinking of locating my hives next spring...maybe vote on it?
I'm just trying to get some idea of what people are interested in knowing about Honey Bees and my operation.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Getting Ready for Winter

Not much is going on the bee-yards right now. The fall honey flow is coming to an end, and it's time to prep for winter. I was hoping to get A little honey to harvest this fall. But I didn't. Honestly I am a little down-hearted about that, but I shouldn't be because I knew from the beginning that I would more than likely not get to harvest any honey this year.
I am feeding my hives in hopes that they can put up enough to make it through the winter...I almost think it would be cheaper to let them try it on their own with out feeding them sugar water, and if they don't make it then buy more bees...we'll see. But I'm going to try and feed them till it gets too cold.
We're really looking forward to next spring! I plan on doing a little experimenting with some new hives and new types of bees. We have decide that we are going to make all the hives that we add next year. It was a relatively easy choice that all new hives will be some sort of Top Bar Hive, instead of using the Langstroth hives that I bought this year (and not cheaply either!!). I plan to document, on here, the process of building my TBHs with photo's and some video!! .
Look for me to start posting that around probably January.

Here is a GREAT link about Top Bar Hives, it's the one I use the most. But be aware, it is ALOT of info!!!

Here is the Wikipedia link for Top Bar Hives.
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