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Custom Cape!

Custom Cape!

This week I made a custom gift. No money was exchanged; this is simply a gift for a friend’s child. It is a bit more complex than my standard reversible...

Bearding and Drone Frames

Bearding and Drone Frames

After the drama of Harley’s Honey Horde being queenless, and the subsequent theorized rejection of Harley, the carniolan queen I introduced, I didn’t...

Worried and Frustrated

I checked on Harley’s Honey Horde today. They let Harley out but there is no sign of her yet. No eggs, no sightings. I don’t know what to do. I am...

Queenless

Queenless

I realize I’ve been avoiding this. I hate not having the experience to judge a situation well. My first package hive is queenless – I think. No eggs,...

Spring Snow

Spring Snow

Last weekend, my best laid plans to see a friend and go to the local Botanic Gardens plant sale were destroyed by my high strung reaction to finding a...

The First Inspection

The First Inspection

Last week’s weather was subpar for Colorado. Cold, windy, cloudy, basically bad bee weather. By Saturday the weather had returned to lovely sunny spring...

Wax Evidence

Wax Evidence

It has been chilly, 50 degrees, and very windy this week. The girls have opted to stay inside. I cannot blame them. I would stay home too if I had just...

Package Installation

Package Installation

This past weekend, the first hive of girls arrived. It was great weather for bees. The day was 78 degrees, sunny, calm and dry. My girls came from Apis...

Unpacking The Smart Citizen Kit

Unpacking The Smart Citizen Kit

The Smart Citizen kit arrived!  I ordered the hardware, a solar panel and a cover to help keep it out of the weather.  My plan is to monitor the microclimate...

Microclimates and hive stands

Microclimates and hive stands

Data points I am a giant GIS and ecology geek. I am so excited to start tracking data points around the future beehives, and see how the girls behave in...