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March 10 – Hello
again, looks like the next few days will be good to bees and beekeepers
equally, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity. We are
receiving calls from all over the country people wanting packages bees, lots
of new customers stating their regular suppliers have sold out,
Olivarez Honey Bees, Koehnen, and others we do not do business with and cannot
name. There is normally a shortage of bees but this
year will be the worst I have personally ever seen, the early beekeeper
get the bees. I think a lot of beekeepers are not aware of how bad
their own yards are as yet and will have to sit this year out with fewer
colonies then they wish or none at all.
We have sold our first semi load of package bees as of a few days ago and are now working on the second shipment this is ahead of schedule by about a month. Call us today to place your package bee order - 440-647-2602!
Now for those who still have bees pay strict attention to what you have, it is very easy to lose bees this time of year from neglect. This time of year bees can become separated from one another, bees from brood as they look for food in different directions of the colony and brood in another. This can happen when bees are in a loose cluster and sudden a front moves in and bees cannot all get back together to protect themselves and brood. This can also be seen sometimes in the spring when the beekeeper sees little clusters of dead bees in various places in the colony and sometimes chilled or dead brood in another or the middle, the colony is weak at this time of year and every bee counts. This can be remedied by moving food to close proximity of brood and cluster on all sides and this is the time to do so, while weather permits.
For those who wish to do splits it is still not to late to place pollen substitute on and do the much needed stimulus feedings. Lastly for those who have Carniolan bees and large cluster Italian bees in April manage those bees or they will swarm. I will discuss this next month.
A joint venture between The Lorain County Beekeepers Association and Queen Right Colonies. This was a Guinness World record attempt which fell short by just a few pounds of bees. Denzil St. Clair was cloaked in 74 pounds of bees which is approximately 259,000 bees. The event took place at QRC in June of 2006 and made national as well as international news. See videos below; Parts 1 and 2.
On September 15, 2013 we had a very successful class of beekeepers looking to prepare for winter. We looked through many bee colonies on a beautiful Sunday.
Class participants from out of state came to hopefully learn a few extra tips about over wintering honey bees. Practical application for starting a smoker and keeping it lit was all so addressed during the class. We had a great four hour class including a 20 minute break for some pizza and visiting.
To all the ladies who attended the soap class from the pictures you can see our adventure was a grand success. All who attended the soap class had a chance to weigh, measure, mix and pour. Learning to make Lye based soap carefully and with enough knowledge to begin their soap making adventures for years to come.
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