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Come On Spring!

This weekend we hopped out to the bees and ‘unwinterized’ and fed the girls. Ole, Lena, Thor, Lars, & Lili Von Shtupp all had live bees, tho Thor is on the slim side. All the hives had put a good dent into the patties I fed a few weeks ago. And, today we filled the feeders with 1:1 syrup as it is warm enough during the day for the bees to fly, but there is no pollen nor nectar for them to hunt up and bring back to the colony.

Busy bees.

So, the insulation came off and was hauled back to town.

3-22-15 unwinterized

It’s the adult version of pick-up-sticks, but with insulation and boxes.

Murphy’s Law rides again … at the very end of chore time, and minute after I took off my gear, an angry bee decided that my cheek was an excellent place to plant her stinger. Ug. She barely got me so  no shot, just see if I can grit my way through it. Did Mark get stung? Of course not – his gear was also off, yet he escaped yet again.

And now for something completely different. Saw great beaver damage not too far away from our bee yard. Aren’t beavers amazing creatures?

CAUTION: Beavers at work. (Are they on coffee break right now?)

3-22-15 beaver chip

Check out the size of just one beaver chip. Amazing!

Amazing lumberjack skills. They know exactly where they want that tree to fall, and they pull it off flawlessly.



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About Idiots Keeping Bees

We're always looking for new adventures, and well, learning about beekeeping seemed like a good idea. We had one hive in 2011, and we've increased since then Our goal is 10ish colonies, but we haven't hit our mark quite yet. We've found talking with other beekeepers to be invaluable, so we're starting this blog to keep long-distance conversations rolling throughout the year. If we can figure out beekeeping, so can you!

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