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  1. Stephanie Mayfield
    April 13, 2011

    Your girls are lovely!

    We spotted a few honeybees on some colts foot flowers on the weekend. So now I’m wondering if someone nearby has a hive or if they are wild. Because capturing a wild swarm in my yard would be really cool!

    • Phillip
      April 13, 2011

      As far as I know, wild swarms don’t exist in NL — but yeah, that’s would be the coolest.

      Someone must have a hive nearby. I know of hives in the west end of St. John’s, some near Indian Meal Line, and another near the university. It doesn’t require a permit to have bees in St. John’s. They could be anywhere.

  2. Rusty
    April 14, 2011

    Your bees are so pretty! Nice pictures.

  3. Phillip
    April 18, 2011

    It was 11°C in the backyard today and the bees in both hives managed get out while the going was good. We’ve had high winds and heavy rain to wash away most of the snow. The bees in Hive #1 come and go through the bottom entrance more than Hive #2, which hardly touches its bottom entrance. I cleaned away more dead stinky bees from the bottom boards of both hives, along with various bits of debris including wax paper from pollen patties and fragments of candy cakes. I still haven’t seen much cleaning away of dead bees yet.

    Both hives should still have some pollen patties and candy cakes on the top bars. Neither has hardly touched the syrup from the jar feeders. My guess is it’s been too cold for them. It’s April but it’s freezing most of the time.

    I’m way too busy with work for the rest of the month to repair the leaky hive top feeders. They won’t come into play again until some time in May, if I ever do fix them up.

    I want to get out of the line of work I’m in so I can have more time with the bees. I was working all weekend, 14 hour days, and I’m moving around like a lump of dough today.

  4. Phillip
    April 21, 2011

    I bought my little bottle of “Pure Anise Extract” this morning. Woo ee! Potent stuff. Can’t wait to try it out in a couple weeks.

    P.S. to Jeff: I picked it up at Bulk Barn. It’s made by a company called Loretta. 100 ml clear bottle, about the size of a small cough syrup bottle. The ingredients listed are: Ethyl alcohol, water, anise oil.

    The bees will be literally buzzed after drinking this stuff down.

  5. Jeff
    April 21, 2011

    Thanks man, good to know.

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