Bad winter for bees.

This winter was hard on my bees. Out of 14 hives, 2 made it over winter. Due to the extreme cold, bees never moved to new areas of Honey in the hive and starved.

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Bad winter for bees.

I have finally been able to check on my 3 bee yards.  I went into winter with a total of 14 colonies. As of 3-25-2014 only 3 survived. 3 ran out of honey stores. The rest starved inches away from food The temperature this winter was so cold the clusters could not move. Bees starved less than an inch from more food.

The 2 colonies that survived I hope to split this year. I also hope that there will be a good number of swarms that I can capture. Wishful thinking there…

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Late Season Honey

Goldenrod was the last major nectar source this year and has been over for about 2 weeks. Weather has been rainy or cold whenever I had time to check my hives. My dad was able to check them for me just over a week ago and said it appeared that I may have some honey to pull.

Turns out there was about 3 1/2 medium supers worth of honey, goldenrod honey! This was from 2 hives out of 10 full sized hives.

This year was not a good year for honey productions. 30lbs of basswood honey and about 120lbs of goldenrod honey.

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Wanted Mac mini 2006 for parts.

Wanted 2006 Mac mini for parts. Would like working as far as no bad parts, but without hard drive.

Update: 10/9/2013 found.

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Poor year for honey so far.

This year has not been a good year for honey. Hives have been slow to build up and 4 out of 5 hives in Findlay went queenless in July. These hives did not appear to have swarmed, but two did have swarm cells present and I used these to requeen the other two hives. One hive had been queenless long enough that there was no open brood and most of the sealed brood had hatched. I believe I caught the hives before they actually swarmed as the bee populations did not appear to be lower than the week before. I did miss the one queenless hive that did not apparently have resources to make a new queen, fortunately I found some swarm cells to help them out. All hives are queen right at this time. This issue in Findlay is most likely the reason for lack of honey production. The hive are located right next to a wildflower field that has been in bloom most of the summer and is currently displaying new flowers.

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Flowers in bloom in late August of 2013 at Findlay, Ohio Apiary.

Hives located in my Findlay, Ohio Apiary. Field of flowers in full bloom. However, bees do not seem to be interested in collecting nectar for honey production. Slow year so far, no honey harvested.

Hives located in my Findlay, Ohio Apiary. Field of flowers in full bloom. However, bees do not seem to be interested in collecting nectar for honey production. Slow year so far, no honey harvested.

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August 25, 2013 Ohio Swarm. Will the swarm build up enough to overwinter?

When I was out checking progress of my Apiaries, I found a nice/sad surprise. The nice thing was it was a swarm, the sad part is that it is very late in the year and they will need all the help they can get to build up for the winter.

When I was in Arlington today, I went to check on my two hives I have located there. One was a single box that I had started as a split early in the spring and it was in need of another box (very much in need). This hive was packed with bees and they needed more room which was my purpose for this visit.

As I walked to the hive, I have to pass my abandoned 4 foot top bar hive. This top bar hive got me started in beekeeping, but I soon found that I did not like working it much and found favor with the langstroth hive. Anyway, the hive was occupied by bees until last year. The hive had become a home for field mice and once that happened, the bees had moved out and never returned. Wax moths moved in and took care of the wax. The only occupants this year have been mice. Anyway, as I walked by I noticed several bees going in and out of the hive. As I added the boxes I had brought for use on the other hives (one new box each), I kept peeking at the old top bar hive entrance. It was active, and the bees appeared to be bringing in pollen. Well, it was clear that there was a small colony of honey bees that had taken up residence in the hive.

My friend gives me updates on the hive as to the activity he sees, but had not mentioned any from the top bar. The bees had just moved in.

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Quick visit to the hives. Flowers in bloom.

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Allen County Fair, Lima, Ohio 2013

First Premium:

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This was my first year entering honey. Although not perfect, I am happy that I was still able to get first premium.

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Bee Inspector

Since putting bees in Ada, Ohio, the bee inspector has not found any bees. This has been due to not looking in the right place. I put a map in with my registration this year. I hope he finds them.

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