Bee yards in Florida and Virginia. Very little honey this year. If it were just one location that was lacking, I could understand, but two? That is concerning.
From the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers
My rooftop hive:
President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
Our setup in our new home, we moved here in late August. I took this shot right after we got the fence set up.
So far, so good. 10 colonies were doing cleansing flights last week, and we have had reports of a sow and 2 cubs sniffing around a month after this was put in place, the fence did it's job.
Here are our hives. We are at just under 7700' elevation in the forest. The electric fence is for bears. The small solar lights give just enough backlighting to the hives at night so we can see if any bears are out there misbehaving! Hives 1 and 3 are new colonies this year.
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I am going to try something new: conveyor belt for ground cover. This is obviously just move in day, Cut the black berries down, mowed and laid out the belt. I want to do them so one does not shade the other. Any problems with letting them stay on the belt?
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)
Casa Verde Apiary:
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Here is a recent shot of our apiary, some recent demo work in the background on the garage which houses the 'Bee Room' where all bee related things take place.
One of the 11 fruit trees on the property, a pomegranate in full bloom. Since bringing the colonies into our backyard; we experienced a two fold increase in harvest from the trees, not to mention the surplus honey we get from the 3 colonies!!
grrrrr.....borked the upload and got an attachment as well?
I am a newbie here...and far, far away...
and my old one..
I think I just got it. You mean you're a newbie on beesource. Welcome to the forum!!!
Hive stands have adjustable legs so you can easy level hives on rough and unleveled terrain, and idea comes from France http://apiculturedubassigny.chez-alice.fr/page10aa.html.
Here is a video about stands
Why yellow? I have used some water-based (supposed to be non toxic) paints for toys, and due to some reading about bees when leaving beehive going first to the flowers of the same colour that their behive is and main forrage around is sunflower I chosed yellow...Green parts are for queen excluder( as a reminder for me) and beehives next to each other have entrances in different colors (green-yellow combination) . It was more an experiment... Also large number of beekepers in Serbia use yellow and light blue for their beehives...I keep bees for 7 years now (and still learning about them)
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