Wow, the bees are healthy and thriving! They are also getting a little more protective of their domain. But I do have to admit that I got careless and did a few things in a hurry that were not well thought out ...
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My beehive is strong! I peeked inside today and you can see that they are busy as bees, making honey and love from nectar! I love this hobby!!!
Lately, I have been fermenting LOTS of hot sauce and producing very tasty, very HOT batches! I started this one today - a half gallon ferment of Hatch chilis, Arbot chilis, garlic and a few jalapenos...
This is week 7 with the new hive of honeybees. They are doing extremely well. I added a second deep super several weeks ago but on inspection last week, they hadn't moved into it. There was a lot of burr comb between the supers, though.
I conducted my third hive inspection. Everything looks ship-shape and the first ba-bees have emerged from their wax cells to begin their lives as workers. Can you spot the Queen bee in this photo?
In this video, I open the beehive for the second hive inspection and also look for my queen bee.
This deer (assuming it's a doe) is always hanging around the beehive. She loves to just curl up there and watch the bees in the daytime. She also lets me move freely about while I'm working there, but never lets me closer than about 15 feet.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, the general rule of thumb is to wait until Mother's Day weekend. By then, you can be fairly sure that all danger of heavy frost is passed.
So ... have you got your peas in the ground yet? Here in the Pacific Northwest, you should have set them out a month ago, even longer if you used tunnels or other protection.
So today, I did my first full hive inspection since installing the bees. Those who visit this site often (or our Facebook page) know that this is my first time at the races when it comes to beekeeping. I'm excited at what I'm learning.