Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
Love This Weather--and I Do Too
The bees are loving it. From the one hive I have left, they are out looking for any source of food available. As I have noticed in the past, even before the crocuses poke up, the bees are hitting my birdfeeder, getting as much pollen or protein they can.
They're even on the ground around the feeder, picking at seeds and things the birds (and sometimes the dam*! squirrels) kick out of the feeder.
After lunch it should be in the mid-sixties. I need to check on feed and reduce the hive by removing a box. I won't do a full inspection but I hope to be able to tell if a queen is active.