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Re: Bees!
« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2014, 09:51:17 PM »
Thanks.  I was crying over them today, though I found myself not being afraid as they were buzzing all around me, pretty agitated, landing on my jacket and gloves.

Seems that the Pooh hive still has issues.  We found no brood & no blondes, so something's going really wrong there.  We did see the queen, she's still alive, so a more experienced beek is coming over tomorrow before our party to check out the hive & see if he can figure out what the hell is going on.  I'm really, really worried, but still hopeful that we can save the hive.  It's a long shot at this point, but I'm an optimist.

The fish hive is doing really well.  The new bees are building out comb and foraging, and we saw a bunch of larvae.

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« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2014, 04:45:51 AM »
Oh Larissa, is this still the hive with the New queen?

I am so sorry....."Bee Mommy"......hope your expert can figure things out for you.... :-*

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« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2014, 04:51:34 AM »
Really interesting.   :)   The best of luck with it..........Sally J

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« Reply #33 on: June 26, 2014, 05:20:54 PM »
So what did your expert say, Larissa, what happened to the slightly ill hive...I am curious.... ???

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #34 on: June 26, 2014, 07:54:35 PM »
The queen may not be laying properly.  We may lose the colony, we may be in time to re-queen.  Again.  We need to check Saturday & see if we see brood.  If not, we order a new queen.

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #35 on: June 26, 2014, 11:36:47 PM »
If you re-queen, will there be time for them to do what they do?

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2014, 12:11:31 AM »
Maybe.  It's not guaranteed, but there's a chance.  Best case, the queen we have gets on the ball & we have a viable hive.

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« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2014, 04:54:22 AM »
Oh dear, it' s just like caring and worrying about our children, isn't....  :-\

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2014, 09:13:24 AM »
Kind of, I guess.  I know I get sick over them and cry over them and worry about them a lot.

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« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2014, 11:13:22 AM »
Yep, I know, you can claim that, they are like our children as our dogs and kitties are.....I do hope everything works out alright for them.... :-*
and Meg too.....

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2014, 12:01:25 PM »
Hey Larissa… Oh no just read about your bees… hope everything is ok, any updates you would like to share?  Sending you a big BEE hug!  ;)
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Re: Bees!
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2014, 01:46:40 PM »
Sorry, yeah, blogged it but forgot to post here.  We lost the Pooh hive's colony entirely.  We'll have to restart it in the spring.

The undersea hive, though, is flourishing.  Fingers crossed that the population gets large enough (we started it a bit late) to overwinter successfully.

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2015, 11:07:18 AM »
Just a quick update, though no photos this time of year.

We did go into the hive quickly several weeks ago when we had a freak 55 degree day & added a ton more fondant for the girls to eat, and got to see that there were a LOT of bees in there, which is great.  A large population is what will help them survive the cold; they heat themselves and keep the queen alive solely by clustering for body heat.

Then a day or two ago, since we can't even open the top to see what's going on when it's under 40 degrees & sunny, Eric listened to the side of the hive.  I was so happy when he said it was loud!  If the girls are buzzing that loudly, there are still a lot in there, and they're doing ok!

Now if it would just GET WARM so we could go in!

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2015, 12:23:09 PM »
Glad they are still buzzing!  Another reason to really be impatient for spring.

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Re: Bees!
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2015, 12:48:19 PM »
Seriously!  I miss them so much.  And worry about them all the time.  The biggest potential problem is moisture, so I freak out in snow & rain, but after every snow, we see their front stoop cleared (I should get & post a photo of that) and a few dead bees.  They sacrifice themselves to make sure the hive still has ventilation.