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.
Just a quick note. I installed two queens May 5th. Checking 3 days later, they were both released. Hopefully there are enough bees in the new hives to be able to manage. Weather has been a real mix, with rain, sunshine and coolness.
My main hive still seems to have way too many bees. I'll need to do something about that.
Thanks to Adam Ebert for the queens. You can check out his blog at Adam Ebert's Tales of Bees.