5 responses

  1. Chris Inch
    December 9, 2012

    Great pictures. I’ll have to check out your other posts on winter beekeeping. I’m also happy to hear about other beekeepers leaving the bee’s own honey instead of feeding with syrup all winter long. Good luck for the winter!

  2. Jeff
    January 2, 2013

    Did you take a peak inside to see how they are making out? By the way. Merry Christmas/Happy new year. Hope things are good.

    • Phillip
      January 2, 2013

      I’ve only poked around with my one hive that I have hidden in the city, shining a flash light through the top and bottom entrances. I can see the bees are making their way to the top.

      I haven’t lifted the covers off yet, though. I’ll do that as soon as we have a warm day. I haven’t fed them sugar yet. I’d rather hold off until February. I don’t need monster colonies in my life.

      How’s your basement project working out for you? I’ve heard you’ve got some big things on the go. I’ll have to drive out and check it out sometime. I have a regular 9 to 5 job now, so I’ll probably get my own vehicle in the spring or summer. I’d love to check it out. I’m watching you more than anyone else around here to see how things are done. You da man.

  3. Jeff
    January 6, 2013

    I have a bedroom and bathroom pretty much completed. All I need now are doors are I am good to go for company. Feel free to drop out the spring or summer. I have 14 double nuc boxes ready for assembly and I have another 6 from last year. Not to mention the swarm traps that I can use too.

    I noticed some of mine are feeding on the candy boards tonight, clustered in a tight ball.

    I have one that I have to get some candy into soon. If not it is going to be a short winter.

    I’m gearning up for a good season. Making my order. I think I am going to order 500 medium frames this year to get the deal. If I need to sell a few I can or just hold them for the following year. I also need medium boxes to go along with that too.

    Gonna be another expensive year.

  4. Phillip
    January 11, 2013

    Hey Jeff,

    For some reason I didn’t get an email notification about your comment. I just noticed it now.

    When I asked about your basement, I meant your beekeeping operation. I heard you were making room for some beekeeping machinery in your basement. (Good news about the bedroom and bathroom, though.)

    I may not have many weekdays off this summer (I have to wait a year before can take a full vacation), but either way, once I secure my own vehicle, I should be able to manage a trip out to your place.

    I don’t plan to spend much more money on beekeeping this year. Anything more than 10 hives would be a headache for me, even with my own car. After last year, I realized what I like about beekeeping, and it’s just hanging out with the bees, having them close by, walking out my back door and there they are. My first year of beekeeping, having my hives so close that I could watch them from inside my house — it spoiled me.

    You’re buying 500 medium frames? Holy moly.

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