Easy Breezy Mornings

I awoke about 4:30 am and succumbed to the fact that I will not be returning to sleep. Since I prefer to get up around 5:30, it was pointless anyway. That one extra hour would have been nice but I’ll not cling to it. I had about two hours to myself before sunrise then I…

Homestead Buzz: Winterizing Bees

Liquid Feeder As autumn settles upon us and winter is at its heels, it is time to prepare food for the bees to give them another opportunity to create more stores for winter. Since it’s getting colder, the feeder must be placed outside of the hives otherwise it can cause condensation and that is a…

Homestead Buzz – Poor Performing Queen & Combining Hives

You’ve heard the saying, “It’s good to be the queen”. Well, it’s not always good to be the queen, especially if you’re a weak queen. The trap-out out hive, which I wrote about here, was having issues. They were not thriving and they had hive beetles.  The queen was not performing well.  She was a…

Homestead Buzz – The Trapout

Day One In April, Deacon’s bee instructor, mentor, and friend, was informed of a bee hive in a tree in our little town. They went into town to scope it out and she asked Deacon if he would like to catch it and he accepted the challenge with her guidance. The Trapout The first thing they…