Rendering wax for fools

Beeswax is amazing stuff: hard and strong, but also flexible in the warmth of the hive. Because it takes a lot of resources for the bees to produce it, they’re very frugal with it. The workers have to eat roughly 7kg of nectar and honey to produce 1kg of wax, so they build it only where it’s necessary and in …

Goodbye, and good riddance, 2018!

Boy, it’s great to see the back-end of 2018! It’s been quiet around here for good reason: we’ve been trying to figure out if we wanted to continue in this business or just pack it in. It’s been that kind of year. Something that we’ve always been proud of is that we’re generally able to keep our losses in the same …

February: Warm & wet?

February generally brings a warm spell in Eastern Ontario. This year, it’s also bringing rain. Lots of rain: Environment Canada is predicting 25 – 40mm of rain and highs above 10C in the next couple of days. So much for the snow. Temperature swings in the winter can wreak havoc in a hive. In a good winter, it gets cold …

January: It’s cold out there!

Weather conditions Cloudy  +3.2°C High  +0.7°C Low (Not recorded) Wind Winter is usually in full force in January in our area. Temperatures can vary over a wide range, but they have one thing in common: it’s cold! On the first weekend of January, there was a windchill warning issued. Environment Canada was forecasting windchill values of -30C or colder. The …

Introducing ‘A Year in The Yard’

In 2018, we’re going to try something completely different. Each month, we’ll highlight some activity that we’re undertaking or the bees are up to that are generally specific to a particular month. For instance, December isn’t generally busy for beekeepers in our neck of the woods. The bees are safely ensconced in their hives, entrance reducers and solid bottoms in …

A Queen Is Dead, Long Live A Queen!

There was a clump of workers on the landing boards this afternoon. Inside was a dead queen, unmarked. Will have to investigate more to see what’s up inside the hive! Hope there is a laying queen in there.  

Summer’s Day Part II

By supper time there is less bearding but lots and lots of foraging activity! I hope the “bee highway” of them coming and going can bee seen.