Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Making Nuc Boxes the smart way #BEES #SWEEPSTAKES

Stepping up our game this year in our beekeeping we decided that it would be smart to make some affordable nuc boxes as we are getting ready to do splits with the bees.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Clipping the Bees Wings

     Beekeeper Ruthie talks ... clipping bees wings... 
Image result for clipped queen bee wing  I know it sounds funny to clip a bees wings.. but that is a practice of some master beekeepers to keep the queen from leaving with half the hive in a swarm. What happens is this the bees may still swarm but return because the queen is staying. It is not cruel as it is like cutting the hair or nails. If the queen leaves she won't be traveling far and you will easily find the queen.

For my readers who are not beekeepers .. how the beekeeper keeps his hive in order is to keep track of the queen she rules everything with the bees they will go wherever she is. If you have a angry hive.. get a new queen. There is only room for one queen too as in swarming a new queen will hatch out and rarely will the queen allow any other royalty to live in her kingdom. She will attack and kill any other queens in her hive. Swarming is when the hive gets crowded. The queen will leave with half the hive to find a new home. The other half will hatch out a new queen who is living in a queen cell . She will mate with the drones and start a new hive. Beekeepers never want them to swarm as they want to keep their bees and start the colony in the bee yard. The bee yard is the place where beekeepers keep all their bees. Each new hive makes more honey and other products for the beekeeper. Beekeeping is a wonderful hobby. Check us out on you tube by clicking our you tube button to see us working with our hives. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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There are lots of items I hate putting in the dryer and sometimes I just love the smell of my clothes in the fresh air. Bonita global has a great product. It is the the retractable clothesline. Here are a few of the great benefits 

- Sunlight resistant line
- It can be removed when not in use
- 50 ft of drying space and more!

I love this product  - It really helps to have this handy product to help my laundry work to be easier. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review - The Second Girl by David Swinson

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I read Crime Song first by this author and really enjoy David Swinson's writing style and the character of Frank in these series. Frank is a dirty cop who was retired off the force and is a PI. Now is ripping off in a hero type style the dirty streets of DC - A fast pace read that kept me at the edge of my seat. He also is a drug addict which makes this story interesting to see someone in this role. I really enjoyed this read. I think you will love reading this author!  I did receive my copy for review purposes and no monies were exchanged. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our first hive is queenless and what we are doing about it.

The Queen bee in a hive is shaped different than the female worker and Drones. She doesn't like light so if the hive opens she will go down into the hive. Queen bees are marked to help beekeepers identify them. If you have to purchase a queen bee for your hive she runs around $30.00 . Many beekeepers like to sell queen bees for profit. A hive will only have one queen. We purchased a nuc ( like a mini hive ) to get started in our beekeeping we were really disappointed to find out we are queenless and our hive is suffering as a result. We had what is called a queen cell but it was empty. Fortunately for us we located someone in our area who will sell us another nuc and a queen which should be ready this week. Those of you that are beekeepers know the seriousness of the situation of this situation as bees die off rapidly and new ones come in as the queen lays eggs. So guess what will happen to our hive if we don't get  a queen? Bees can only live a few weeks so our hive is about a month old so we are in panic mold but the good news is we are very close to a new nuc and a new queen which may be here in time and will lay more eggs and help us rescue the dying hive. Being in Upstate New York we had to travel about a hour or so to Canandaigua through beautiful windy roads in the  countryside to get our first hive. To get our next hive we will be traveling to the Syracuse area to get that 2nd hive and a queen.  There are not a lot of beekeepers here in New York. When we got our actual hives we had to travel too and found a beautiful couple that sold us a nice hive it was so nice we went back and got a second one! They too, will be hopefully selling bees  next year. It is good to make lots of contacts if you are doing bees so that if you need help you will have some friends to help you out so you can grow your hives. Our primary purpose for our bees is for training and to help others and not to be in the business of bees but rather to preserve the bees and to help to keep them alive and well in the USA . 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

No queen in our new hive

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