Tag Archive | urban beekeeping

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

We opened up the hive this afternoon for the first time since the winter.  We’ve been seeing a fair bit of activity coming and going from the hive for the last couple of weeks, so we weren’t too worried about the hive as a whole, but were looking forward to seeing what had happened in […]

bee’s come undone…

bee’s come undone…

… it’s like unwrapping a giant, sting-y present It is probably just a tease of spring, but the forecast for this week in Calgary looks promising! Drumroll please, it’s time to uncover the bees.  Our 1-year bee anniversary is May 12th so we are crossing our fingers that the bees have gotten this far and […]

the first cut is the deepest…

the first cut is the deepest…

Baby, I know! One of our favourite stories to tell about our first summer of beekeeping is how we managed to escape 5 months of hands in a hive without a single sting for either of us.  A perfect track record and a great experience to share with those who might be a bit more […]

everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below

everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below

wrapping up the hive for winter Bees work hard all summer and fall to build up their honey stores and have enough to stay warm and well fed all winter.  While the types of bees that are generally raised in Canada are originally from temperate climates, they have adapted to the cold Canadian winters by […]

the second honey harvest…

the second honey harvest…

 this time, with some finesse… Before leaving for summer holidays, we planned to do one last bee inspection, potentially harvest some more honey and clean up the broken comb that we had caused in the first honey harvest.  There were a few new combs that had been built, filled with nectar and already capped for […]

the honey from the comb

the honey from the comb

extracting honey from a top-bar hive For backyard bee-keepers like us, the honey extraction process is really simple.  Working with one or two combs at a time makes for a quick afternoon activity with no need for specialized equipment.  Don’t get me wrong, it takes a little finesse (which we had very little of the […]

bees need beers too…

At the end of a long week, nothing beats a Cold One out on the patio, on your front stoop, in the backyard or on your landing board… errrrr…. yes, your landing board. Bees work hard, seven days a week, toiling away in the hot sun bringing pollen and nectar back to the hive, risking […]

hive inspection 7.0 – sugar, oh honey, honey

hive inspection 7.0 – sugar, oh honey, honey

Sting count:  0 Spot the queen? Negative Eggs and Larvae? Some capped brood and drone cells Pollen and Nectar? Loads of pollen, lots of nectar, some capped honey comb Combs inspected: 6 of 18 We did a quick inspection this weekend as it had been some time since we had been in the hive (approximately […]

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

This article was included in the early editions of the ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, a veritable bible for bee keepers for well over the last century.  Organized like an encyclopedia with topics listed from A – Z, the Root family gathered the knowledge of bee-keeping from the first edition in 1887 through to […]

hive inspection 3.0

hive inspection 3.0

Our third hive inspection was done a couple of days ago, exactly 9 days after the second inspection.  The bees have really grown since we first installed the nuc.  They have more than doubled in size, so I assume that we have well over 10,000 bees in there now.  We didn’t pull out each comb […]