Tuesday, July 10, 2018

And here is the latest calf.

This beautiful bull calf was born on the 18th of July. This picture of him on his feet was taken within thirty minutes of him hitting the ground. Good job Mama!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Swarm Box.

So with my recent poor luck with cell builder hives. I am trying this other method.
I take a strong hive, find the queen and isolate her.
Then place a frame of pollen and a frame of green honey with bees into this well ventilated six frame box. Then going from one frame to the next I sweep all the bees I can into the box with screen top and a small opening.
I put the queen back into the hive where most of the bees return. I did this with two hives giving me two swarm boxes filled with queen less bees.
After a day I placed a frame of queen cells with grafted larva.
One box accepted them but the other did not.
So into that box I placed a frame of eggs and young larva from the downer hive and right away they began to make two queens!
When we get back from Philly, I am going to use this method to produce another set of hives.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Preparing our tamale corn for planting.

We have been planting this same corn for the better part of twenty years, always selecting the prettiest ears.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Grafted queen cells are now capped and we are placing them in there nucleus hives.

The last photo shows how we place each prepared queen cell into each prepared queenless nucleus hive. If all things continue as planed, each of these cells will hatch a queen that will successfully mate and begin her own hive.

Friday, May 11, 2018

It is the right time of year to help our bees produce more queens.

Basically we form some cells from bees wax then place freshly hatched worker bee larva into the bottom of them and place the whole thing into a specially prepared hive. The next day they are doing just what we want! And no, Trixie is not much help with this job.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018