Rendering Beeswax

Rendering Beeswax

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m a big fan of beeswax. Love the colour. Love the smell. There is just something about the look of beeswax that puts my mind at ease. It’s like taking off your bra at the end of the day. Or sipping at a warm cup of hot...
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...
Wintering bees in Ottawa

Wintering bees in Ottawa

The season of never‑ending darkness is upon us and to celebrate (cope with?) the change in weather, Lauchie and I have been busy getting our bees ready for the long, cold Canadian winter. We are often asked what happens to bees in the winter. This is a good question....
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...