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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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hive Temperatures

This is a graph of internal hive temperatures. They are from two hives from Warner Nature Center from Marine Minnesota. Graph by Paul Liedel.
This is a new updated graph.

The outdoor temperatures can do a wide swing of daily temperatures. Where the hives internal temperatures are more steady. It is interesting to note that the internal temperatures are not that far from daily outside temperature highs for the day. It is clear that opening a hive during the day at the high daily temperature does not impact internal hive temperatures.
 The temperature sensors are located in the hive at the moment away from the cluster of bees. As the cluster moves closer to the sensors the temperatures will rise on the graph. The temperature in the center of the cluster is in the 80's right now. When brood is present in February the core temperature around the brood will be in the 90's.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Package Bees 2015

We will be posting my package bee prices in late December.
Start taking orders in late January.
We will be getting the same number of bees as last year. Two truckloads.
The first delivery will be all 2 lb packages.
Second delivery will be all 3 lb packages.
Your choice of a mated hygienic Italian or Carniolan queen.
No cage deposit or cage exchange.
If you have cages from 2014 and you want your deposit back you need to return them to us by December 20, 2014. After that date we will not refund cage deposits or accept cages.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Science of an Overwintering Colony

What is happening in a winter cluster of bees? Beekeepers winter colonies and most of us don't realize the biology of the bees that we are trying to get through the winter. These two links I think explain the what is happening in the cluster and what temperatures are really in the hive. Most beekeepers think if we open a colony in the winter the bees will perish in short order. The graphic clearly shows that the hive temperatures about 9 inches from the cluster, drop to near outside temperatures. The temperatures are in centigrade and there is a Fahrenheit conversion in the charts graphic.
http://westmtnapiary.com/winter_cluster.html  This site has a good explanation of honeybees. Check out the other articles on this website.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Making Creamed Honey

This time of year I always make creamed honey for holiday gifts for friends and family. It is easy to make and it makes a special gift showing off your talent as a beekeeper. It takes about 10 - 14 days for the honey set up so if you want it by Christmas you need to make it by Dec 7th.
Double click on the video for full screen,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Small Business Saturday Nov 29th

Please remember Nature's Nectar LLC on small business Saturday Nov 29th.
 Sale prices on select items.
9/18 motorized extractor (1 available).................................... $990.00
3 frame deluxe hand crank extractor (4 available).................  $395.00
Pink or Blue hive tools while supplies last ............................      $4.95
All Heavy Duty Cowhide Leather Gloves while supplies last . $20.00
sales tax not included, prices good Nov 29th 2014.
We also have Gift Certificates available.
Open 9-3
first come first served

Saturday, November 22, 2014

California's Drought

This is an article about California's severe drought. This is the main reason why package bee prices will rise about $15.00 this year.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Package Bee Cages

     Our supplier of package bees has decided to discontinue  cage exchange.
This means that we will no longer charge cage deposits for the package bee cages.
We will honor package bee cage deposits for packages purchased in 2014 only.
All refunds will be for store credit.
All cages need to be returned to us by Dec 20, 2014. After that date we will not give out any refunds for cages.
We can accept cages during our open business hours only.
All cages need to be unbroken and clean, free of all debris and syrup.