17 Jan 2011, 7:49pm

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I’ve been a terrible father. I’ve left my bees to their own devices for two months (ok, three?). Yeah, that’s not a good idea mainly because of disease control, swarm prevention and other issues that human interaction helps to eliminate. However, they are kicking ass this winter!!! This is especially surprising because I hear about a hive collapse in the Bay Area at least once a day. The winter is almost over, and flowers are starting to bloom. My bees have a full box of honey, brood laid, a healthy queen, pollen and all other good signs of a healthy hive at the end of winter.
My next task is to manage the size of the hive in order to eliminate the chance that a swarm will happen this spring or summer. I’d like to get the parts to a second hive in case we need to catch a swarm. In the meantime, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the fact that bees are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. They are wild, after all.

13 Oct 2009, 1:04pm

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Honey Harvest

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My friend, Anders and I raised bees this season.  We previously extracted about 4 lbs. of honey.  Last weekend, we had a full box of capped honey and extracted 2.5 gallons, or about 30lbs of honey.  That’s 40 1/2 pints of honey.  Christmas Presents = check.

Check out a couple pictures Anders took here.