I keep my beeyard report on a personal blog called The Byrd and the Bees. Please visit me there.
Links to individual blogs are listed below, and I'm much better at blogging than using a WIKI. Of course, I don't know how to use a WIKI at all, so that sets a low benchmark.
March 8,2017: "We're Getting Bees!" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/first-blog-post/
We’re getting bees!
After trying to convince The Engineer (aka my husband) beekeeping would be a great hobby for him, I recently realized that it would be an even better one for us to do together.
Initially, I was put off the idea for myself because, well, you know, even the gentle honeybee sometimes stings, and The Engineer is a lot more stoic than I am about that kind of thing.
March 13, 2017: "Little Insects, Big Investment" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/little-insects-big-investment/ There’s no two ways about it — getting into beekeeping is a costly endeavor. To make it worse, it’s generally advised that you buy new equipment. The reason is simple, and you probably know it already unless you live under a rock, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Raising bees these days means launching yourself into an ongoing battle against diseases and pests. Buying used equipment can mean buying another’s problems, definitely not the way to start ...
March 29, 2017: "Everything But the Bees" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/everything-but-the-bees/ On Friday, we drove to Blue Sky Bee Supply to buy The Engineer a bee jacket and veil.
Then, on Sunday, we took down a dead tree, a preventive measure to prevent it falling on our hive during some future storm ...
April 25, 2017: "Why I Love My Veil and Gloves" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/why-i-love-my-veil-and-gloves/ That is, of course, my beekeeping veil and gloves.
I love them. Hat too, and jacket — I love them all. And I don’t care if experienced beekeepers laugh when they see me suited up like I’m working a hazmat task force ...
June 6,2017: "Fortunately, the Bees Seem to Know What They're Doing" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/fortunately-the-bees-seem-to-know-what-theyre-doing/ We got our nuc (nucleus hive) last Tuesday evening, and it was a bit like the day we brought Darling Daughter home from the hospital, though not nearly so scary or life-changing. For one thing, bees don’t require diapers or middle-of-the-night feedings, and we had spent fourteen hours of class time learning about the Apis Mellifera (honey bee) — a lot more training than with the aforementioned daughter (worrisome, if you think about it, so try not to).
June 6, 2017: "Ants vs. Bees (and Beekeepers)"https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/ants-vs-bees-and-beekeepers/ My husband (henceforth referred to as The Engineer) discovered the ants the day before our bees arrived. The little black pests had decided our hive stand was the perfect place to raise the next generation and set up housekeeping, complete with eggs. The Engineer, acting in his usual rational manner, quickly cleared them off.
Unfortunately, the little buggers (pun intended) didn’t move on to other real estate. On Wednesday, they were back, marching determinedly up the hive stand legs, carrying eggs and depositing them somewhere inside our bees’ new home ...
June 10, 2017: "Drone Cells and Queen Cells = Two Different Things" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/drone-cells-and-queen-cells-two-different-things/ I know that. Still, I hyperventilated for a moment when we saw these on the bottom of a hive frame during our first hive check ...
June 20, 2017: "Busy as Bees" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/busy-as-bees/ Sorry. I couldn’t resist.
Once you own a beehive, you soon get a clear understanding of the etymology of that phrase, and it’s the only one appropriate for the progress our bees have made.
We’ve checked on our girls twice since you last heard from me, and they have been very busy indeed.
One thing we’ve learned is they seem to like the security of having queen cups ready to go. Too bad the sight of them has the opposite effect on me. (As I’ve already mentioned I’m not quite ready to handle a swarm.)...
June 26, 2017: "Fine, But Not Yet Super-Fine" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/fine-but-not-yet-super-fine/ The bees are still busy drawing comb, raising young, and gathering nectar and pollen, but in the end, we decided the girls were doing fine, but not quite “super-fine” (i.e., ready for a honey super).
July 4, 2017: "Thirsty Bees" https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/thirsty-bees/ Guess what! Our bees have discovered the birdbath. I took a picture. Well, actually, I took a lot of pictures!
July 11, 2017: Fine, But Not Yet Super-Fine: Take Two https://thebyrdandthebees.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/fine-but-not-yet-super-fine-take-two/ When we last checked the hive, we added a honey super. Like all decisions regarding our girls, we weren’t sure if this was the right decision or not ... It wasn't.