125 Days of Beekeeping (2010 Photo Review)

We began keeping bees in our small backyard in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on July 18th, 2010, with two small nuc boxes. We watched with wonder as each honey bee colony grew from about 10,000 bees on 3 deep frames to about 50,000 bees on 20 frames. Man, I can’t tell you how much I love it. I plan to keep honey bees for the rest of my life. We wrapped our hives for the winter on November 21st, and we will leave them untouched until late winter or early spring 2011. That’s all we can do for 2010. Our first 125 days of beekeeping looked something like this:

Predicting Winter Survival


I was looking at the video I made on October 25th of me removing the top hive feeders and installing some small inverted jar feeders as one last feeding for the bees before I wrapped them up for winter — and judging from the number of bees covering the bars of the top frames, I think Hive #1 (on the left) is considerably weaker than Hive #2 (on the right). Ideally, what we want to see before wrapping the hives for winter, is a carpet of bees like this (taken on August 14th of this year):
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