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 …

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.

Bearding on a Hot Summer’s Day

We we’re sent a picture this morning from our host Jesse of Lemoine Point Farm, that it looked like one of our hives might be ready to swarm! Unfortunately neither Gord nor I were available to come see. So after my regular work popped over to see what’s up. The videos speak for themselves.  

Beekeepers & Arthritis

If you ever do any research into apitherapy, you’ll eventually run across the claim that beekeepers don’t get arthritis and that it’s due to being stung all the time. First, let me disabuse you of this myth: it just ain’t so! I’ve been keeping bees since 2008 and have been stung more times than I care to count, including my …

Checking in on the Russians

They’ve been in their new homes at Lemoine Point Farm for exactly a week, and boy have they ever moved in! In case you’re not aware, a nucleus hive (or nuc) is the preferred method for selling colonies in Ontario. It’s a box with four, normally deep, frames: 2 or three frames of brood and a frame of nectar or honey. …