Naming Queen bees after someone you love is a risky game!

We have been in the habit of affectionately naming hives after ourselves or people we care about.  And although we were sad when we realized that queen Tyler died, we had a pretty good laugh about his inability to stand up to disease while queen Debbie thrived and produced honey for days!  Queen Debbie was…

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Lonely Superorganism ISO Single (unmated) Lady

Now that’s a title for the press!  We’ve had a whirlwind spring and neither of us have found the time for writing a blog entry, but we sure have invested time in beekeeping!  Both the gardens’ hives and our personal apiaries are buzzing! Summarizing what has happened the past few weeks into interesting tidbits, is…

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A Short Inspection and a Short Article

Spring of 2024 is one for the records books.  I am pretty sure all Michiganders notice the early spring and the exceptionally well-timed show mother nature is putting on with the crab apple blossoms right now!  Beekeepers know springs like these turn into adventures at every inspection.  Strong hives coming out of mild winters are…

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Don’t count your Yellow and Black Chickens before they emerge!

When last we left our valiant beekeepers, the season was ending with hope on the horizon. Mites were monitored closely through the year, European Foulbrood had been treated, two of the three hives had plentiful stores and some fall feeding had occurred. We know one hive did not survive. After weeks of hefting to check…

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Hive Inspections and Honey Harvest Plans

When thinking of Michigan and weather, the words unpredictable and widely variable come to mind.  For 2023, we started with a mild winter, a wet spring, and a dry summer.  WNEM (local TV station) noted that we had the fifth longest drought on record, mid-May through mid-June. Someone’s rain dance worked and mother nature has…

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