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This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Second Bee delivery Check for queen acceptance now

The beekeepers on our second delivery, if you have not checked for queen acceptance yet, you need to do it now.
Watch the video in the previous post. The check can be done in 30 seconds and then close the hive. By now there should be eggs and maybe larvae in the cells and they will be very easy to see. If you see eggs and or larvae you are good.  Close up the hive right away.
Failure to check for queen acceptance and the queen was not accepted, will with time, turn the bees to laying workers. Once a package has turned to laying workers it is more or less doomed to failure.
eggs in cell

eggs, that is pollen stored on top and the glistening fluid is nectar above the pollen
This is what a frame from the first delivery should look like about now



Monday, April 20, 2015

Second delivery- Check for queen acceptance

It is time to check for queen acceptance.  A quick check to see if the queen has been accepted is very important for colony survival. If the queen has not been accepted a new queen has to be installed as soon as possible.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Entrance Feeders - Not For Minnesota

Any new beekeepers that bought their hives online or from a local farm supply and were given entrance feeders to feed their colony. Entrance feeders are feeders that are on the bottom board at the entrance reducer. With this cold weather coming your hive is in very real peril of dying. The bees will not be able to get to the feeder because they will be clustered at the top of the box and will not go down to the feeder. 
 They will starve to death.
Get a new feeder today.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Bees Are In And Ready To Be Picked Up - Second Delivery

The bees are in and are ready to be picked up.
There is no cage exchange and cages will not be accepted.
We will be here until 7 pm tonight.
Today is first come first served.
Tomorrow, Saturday we will follow the delivery schedule posted below.
A map and location
http://www.natures-nectarllc.com/location.html

Monday, April 13, 2015

Second Delivery - 3 lb Packages Pick Up Schedule

 The bees are on schedule. They should be here sometime on Friday.
 Friday pick up is first come first served.
Saturday Pick Up Schedule:
We will go by the first initial of your last name. Please try to follow the schedule. The wait time for bees will be usually no more than five minutes. If you are traveling more than 100 miles, please come when you have to.

  7:00 am any large orders over 50
E - G     7:30 am - 8:30 am
H - K     8:30 am  - 9:30 am
L - M    9:30 am - 10:30 am
N - Q    10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 - Lunch for the crew

R - S    12:30 pm -  1:30pm
T - U     1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm
W - Z    2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm
A - D     3:30 pm  -  4:30 pm 
Open time 4:30 pm - 7 pm
There is no rush to put the bees in. It is best to install packages after 6:00 pm. Putting them in late in the day helps prevent them from absconding.

Pollen Patties 2 pks - $9.00 / 10 lb Box $32.00 / 40 lb box $75.00
Feeder Pails $5.00 each / ProSweet Bee Syrup $46.00 5 gallons
Sales Tax is included in the above pricing. Please have exact change if possible.
No Credit or Debit Cards accepted because we will not have electricity.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

First delivery - done

The first delivery came with a little shakey start of weather in the Rockies and snow on the road. The driver waited a little longer and his ride ended up smooth with no problems. It was cool all the way to Minnesota. The bees looked in great shape. Due to the cool weather the feeder cans were still heavy with feed. When it is hot in route, the bees will consume more feed.
Thanks to all my helpers that made these two days possible. The wait time for bees was usually no more than three to five minutes. Also, thanks to all the beekeepers that followed the pick up schedule. That really made the bee pick up stay at a fast clip with minimum wait times.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Bees Are In - 2 lb Packages Only On This Delivery

The bees are in and are ready to be picked up.
There is no cage exchange and cages will not be accepted.
We will be here until 7 pm tonight.
Today is first come first served.
Tomorrow, Saturday we will follow the delivery schedule posted below.
A map and location
http://www.natures-nectarllc.com/location.html