Bee Update

August 21, 2010

Several friends have asked me recently how our feral hive is doing. In one word- fantastic! Hive three (my feral hive) is by far the strongest of the three. When I take the inner cover off, the bees are literally brimming over the top- and that’s with two hive bodies and three honey supers- in other words, they have lots of room. And, they’ve produced lots and lots of honey.

At a recent San Mateo County Beekeeper’s Guild meeting, there was some “buzz” (sorry) in the group that everyone’s feral hives were their strongest hives. Many beekeepers think that this is because the feral bees are the best adapted to our particular climate. Interesting. We’ll see how hive three does with mite resistance over the next year or so.

Meanwhile, I had to re-queen hives one and two. The good news is that the colonies accepted both queens, and there’s lots of brood and honey as we start to wind down for autumn. All in all, things are going well.

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2 Responses to “Bee Update”

  1. Betsy Says:

    Robin…it’s Betsy Carter! My husband forwarded the article in the Chronical by Leilani Marie Labong and said “A Belmont Mom who raises chickens” — little did I know I knew her! Good for you with all of this!! We have chickens ourselves (and are mourning that we lost Josephine yesterday afternoon — coyote? Hawk? Not a single feather found, so it’s a sad mystery.) I look forward to reading your blog now as bees were something I was going to research…. See you on the soccer field and maybe I’ll come get some bee lessons in the near future!

    • Robin Johnson Simpson Says:

      Great to see you here, Betsy! So sorry to hear about your hen. Would love to have you come by to see the hives. See you soon!


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