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I started Three new package bees on Mother Day May 9, 2021. They are all Carniolan bees from Georgia. They are considered more gentle bees as to compared to the Italian bees I’ve tried to keep in years past. They adapt better and should over winter better too. This year my mentor Billy helped me with a direct queen release and will stick with me the entire season. That’s a good thing!

The next day, I placed two partial frames of honey in slots #1 and #8 of each hive to help feed the expected larva. I’m also feeding sugar water for the bees to feed on. This area in this county is not as good as others for the bees to forage in. Farmers are planting cash crops and are allowed to use weed killer to kill off the natural wild flowers around here. It’s also been very cold with daily frost warnings in the mornings. A lot against us with these bees already arriving two weeks late but I’m looking forward to the best of nine years since I began as a Keeper. I’ll keep you updated!

All Notes Kept In The Bee Bible!

I was surprised yesterday when I looked at my swarm trap and saw a small ball of bees attached, under the trap. I was successful in getting them in the new hive. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they stick around…this time!

A Ball Of Bees
An Unsteady Beekeeper Eight Feet High

One of two winterized hives

 

This is year we have two hives remaining. We are in a good position this year as all the other years (5) our bees have died. I retired from the day job in May and in two months, I was diagnosed with cancer. That is the reason I haven’t posted for months. It could also be the reason the bees are doing so well! Maybe the key is to leave them alone.  (since I was too weak to do anything anyway..) Give us a few months and time will tell!

Peach Mead With a Good Color

Our last batch of mead for the year. The wife says it’s not a sweet wine, a little dry but tastes peachy. High on the alcohol content at 12%. We will get it right in 2018!

I was supposed to “rack” (siphon the mead to another container) 30 days after the last racking. It looked like the yeast had stopped working only after a few days. So, I was advised to take the wine off the fruit. Still a little cloudy and smells like alcohol. That’s all I can tell you!

 

Peach, Blackberry and Blueberry Mead. Fermentation Halted?

 

Mead Racked Back Into Sanitized Containers

 

 

 

No help from Kola!

 

Two gallons for starters

Freddie Mercury was the only hive to produce enough honey to share. We decided to make some mead or honey wine. Since I have never had a drink of alcohol, I reserve all taste testing to my wife. She’s happy to help!