Serendipibee blog: A new beekeeper's journey

A tale of 18 stings

A tale of 18 stings

Last evening, while working in the bee yard, I did something foolish—actually a series of foolish things—that provoked a bee attack that resulted in 18 stings to my knees, butt and thighs. And holy mother on toast and jam, did it ever hurt—like snorting‑a‑gob‑of‑wasabi‑up‑your‑nose type of hurt (for the record, I’ve never done this, but I assume that it would produce a similarly intense burn).

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Our honey is now available!

Our honey is now available!

Big week here at Serendipi-bee.ca, folks. As many of you know already, we completed our first extraction of the year and our little buzzies blessed us with a generous bounty. To celebrate their hard work, we are making Serendipibee honey available to people in the...

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Crazy summer honey flow

Crazy summer honey flow

So it’s mid-July and the first major honey flow is starting to dry up. For about 4 weeks—from June 16 until now—our honeybees were bringing in ridiculous amounts of nectar. Just oodles and oodles. We could barely keep up. To add some context, Lauchie put a weight...

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First inspection of 2018

First inspection of 2018

We had a beautiful, sunny day on Monday, so we took advantage of the weather to open up our hives. Here is a recap of our first hive inspection of 2018. We didn’t expect any surprises, but boy, were we wrong!

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Our bees survived the winter!

Our bees survived the winter!

Quick update, folks. We FINALLY had some nice weather this weekend and both hives are going gangbusters. That’s right, ladies and gents—both of our hives survived the winter! Let the spring time bee time fun commence! Boo‑yah! Happy dance! Waggles all around!  ...

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Rendering Beeswax

Rendering Beeswax

It might surprise you to learn that Lauchie and I didn’t start beekeeping with the intent to harvest beeswax (also known as cera alba for you science-y guys). It never even crossed our minds. Honey was the name of the game. But where there are bees, there is wax—sometimes lots of it—and eventually we had to decide what to do with it.

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Protective gear

Protective gear

When we first started out, Lauchie and I were kind of obsessed with Paul Kelly. If you haven’t heard of him yet, Kelly is a researcher and apiary manager for the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre and he is kind of a rock star on the UoG Honey Bee Research...

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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.

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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...

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The bumblebee special

The bumblebee special

Ever wondered "what’s the difference between a honeybee and a bumblebee?" It’s a valid question. There are several qualities these bees share as pollinators, but there are also some marked differences. In particular, bumblebees and honeybees differ in the way they...

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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 lots of...

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Secrets of the hive: Thermal images and a laying queen!

Secrets of the hive: Thermal images and a laying queen!

Greetings fellow bee nerds and misguided Googlers searching for ‘vees’. I’m Lauchie, Becca’s partner in life and in this beekeeping adventure. Becca handed me the baton this week to write up the Serendipibee blog. If you’ve read thus far, you can tell that Becca’s...

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It’s official. We are beekeepers!

It’s official. We are beekeepers!

Good news everybody! Our bees moved in and they are ready to redecorate! We peeked under the top cover late on Sunday and the little ladies were already busy propolizing the tops of their frames. How did we come to this point? Thinking back, the last 3 months have...

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