Robber bees

Robber bees

Late in the season, as the nectar flow dries up, honey bees face a brand new challenge—Robber bees. This new threat spells trouble for weaker hives. Robbing explained As the dearth begins in late summer and early fall, bees from different colonies (including wasps,...
Oh, Honey!

Oh, Honey!

Oh baby! We are flush with honey! When we started beekeeping, we were told not to expect honey the first year. Bees are focused on building comb and stocking up for the winter during the first year, so there often isn’t an excess of honey that can be extracted. If it...
It’s a queen bee bonanza!

It’s a queen bee bonanza!

How to replace a queen On July 12, 2017,  we successfully re-queened Sunshine hive with a new Carnolian queen, Lola, courtesy the Ottawa Community Beekeepers (OCB). Although the transition wasn’t as quick as we expected, Sunshine hive is doing well. A new queen? But...
Holy queen cups, Batman!

Holy queen cups, Batman!

This was interesting enough that we decided to post a short update on Sunshine hive’s progress. What do you think of their handiwork?         Those long peanut shaped things sticking out from the frame are queen cups…lots and lots and...
First inspection: The queen makes an appearance

First inspection: The queen makes an appearance

After 7 full days of waiting and wondering what the girls were up to, we FINALLY cracked the top off our hives and took a peek inside. Full disclosure, Lauchie and I stalked our hives all week—every night we drove to the yard, donned some rubber boots and watched the...