The church bee saga…

It all started at a little church. A church with bees in the back wall, about 15 foot up. And they had a choice, be removed or face the poison chamber. So I said I would cut them out of the wall and attempt to give them a new home that they would be happy…

Not following the rules

Yesterday I got a call from an old friend telling me that he had a swarm of bees.  I thought, yea right.  Honey bees swarming in September.  That just doesn’t happen.  Then he told me they were on the ground.  So I told him those are hornets, no way it would be honey bees.  His…

A quick look at night

Its been a couple of weeks since I have gotten into the hives but I plan on pulling some honey supers tomorrow.  So tonight I just took a quick look at some of the hives to see what I will be getting into tomorrow. In case anyone is in Conneaut this weekend, I plan on…

Split day

In the spring a bee colony grows aggressively to prepare for swarming to create a new colony. To keep the bees in production, you can split the hive into several different colonies and trick them into thinking they are not ready to swarm. Here are a series of pictures from the splits we did yesterday.

When a hive gets too big!

I took the time to get into the bees this afternoon and worked up a sweat! There was one hive that was very strong with 8 boxes stacked up for the one hive and that is before the honey starts going full steam. The lower six boxes had eggs and brood, so I split it…