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Barb after shaking off the bee beard (12 stings)

This blog is about Barb's adventures and misadventures as a hobby beekeeper.   She started with two hives in 2009 and Dad, Lorne, joined to help in the hobby when Barb had a fateful fall and broke her arm two weeks before getting her first hives.


They've experienced both successful years and difficult ones working alongside the hardest working and most amazing insect in the world.  Every visit to the bee yard there's a new lesson to learn.

Barbara Lindberg
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It's late August and the bees on all the hives are washboarding, They move almost in synchronization back and forth.  It looks like a dance. I find this a good sign of a healthy hive because they are doing well enough to spend time cleaning the outside of the hive. This particular hive had the bees lined up in rows.
Barbara Lindberg
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Have you ever seen your bees all standing around on the front porch and thought, are those bees lazy? Well guess what - they're not.. Foragers will hang out on the front porch ready for duty. What they're waiting for is a forager to return and dance about a great location. Then all these workers will leave and take advantage of it. What they're waiting for is a good enough patch to be worth their while so they're not just waiting for any dancing bee. They want a large grouping of the same flowers for their call to duty. So, if you see bees waiting around that's what they're doing. Waiting for that sweet dance.
Barbara Lindberg
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This chart shows the daily progression of honey bee growth and cell building for workers, drones and queens. It comes in very handy for queen breeders who refer to the chart when looking for young eggs that are between 1 to 3 days old to use for grafting.  The age of the egg is revealed by it's position in the cell (upright, slanted downward, etc) I have my chart laminated and keep it with me in the bee van.  It's hard to remember all the details of when cells are capped and when they hatch so referring to the chart while at the bee yard is really helpful. Note that queen cells always point downwards on the frame so the queen comes out from underneath, as picture. The scan is a bit cut off on Day 24 where it shows the drone hatching. I did a review of the book The Biology of the Honey Bee written by Mark L Winston.  It's a really good book and has a ton of information which you will find useful.  It's well worth the purchase. Book -The Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark L Winston on Amazon. Book Review: The Biology of the Honey Bee - this link is to my review on this blog.  It's worth a look because it mentions some bee glands and such which you may not know about...

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