Why Bees Weaken

This week I want to return to the discussion of weak honey beehives and the underlying causes which I started in my previous blog post linked here: https://www.hamakuabees.com/blog/2020/1/17/nbew5z5ebeaa2hk3fl7d7j5vrvydvf When I find a weak or failing hive I am sort of disappointed. I usually expect to see busy, bustling hives with thousands of bees. But it …

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When Bees Swarm

How would you react if you found a swarm of 10,000 bees? Would it be like a scene from a disaster movie with you running away, clutching your face and screaming? Up until my first day training as a beekeeper apprentice I had always assumed swarming meant those bees were aggressive or threatening. They were …

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Checking Nucs

I wake up early. It is still dark. I realize I won’t be able to fall back to sleep again because today, just five days after my first day handling bees, is my first day working the hives alone. I have known about this task for those five days and it’s all I’ve been able …

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