February 01, 2020

My Colorado Beekeeping Calendar: A sticky post

A Phenological Calendar for Colorado Beekeepers

By undergoing VIT, I successfully reduced my sensitivity to honeybee venom to safe levels! After taking 4 years off, my interest in beekeeping has not waned, and I'm anxious to restock our hives. I'm just not sure how to proceed since we're still planning to move out of Colorado. Should I run the hives and then give them to someone if we move? Would someone buy fully stocked hives? What about the fact that one's a Top Bar Hive and one's a Warré? Should I run just one, with plans to leave it behind and take the other with? Which one to run? Which one to take? Should I run the one I prefer or the one I won't mind leaving behind? Which one do I prefer?! The mind wobbles.

What about you? What are your plans for this season? If you're in the Denver metro, maybe my calendar will help you think them through. Just keep in mind that the dates can shift a couple of weeks in either direction depending on weather conditions. For example, the excessively warm 2017/2018 winter has elm trees blooming well before Valentine's Day. The snow storm on President's Day, though, will cut short its blooming period. You can click on any of the events for more details and additional reading. I hope you find it useful.

Blue = honeybee, yellow = mason bee, green = what's blooming. And don't forget, Marty Hardison's booklet, "The Appropriate Beehive" is available at right. May your hives be humming. — BB & HB

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June 11, 2018

Looking for the story of my nuc bees that swarmed?

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For those of you that saw my post on Instagram and are looking for the story of my nuc bees that swarmed, here is the story in a nutshell. We bought a 4-frame nuc. It had two queens. The day after we installed the nuc into our topbar hive, it swarmed. We lured the swarm into the empty nuc box and then transferred the bees into a Warre hive (which we had to mail order).

Here are links if you want to know more.
Hey, Grampa... the nuc bees swarmed!
A Swarm in May is Worth a Load of Hay
Sad Sunday
Moving the Swarm Into the Warre Hive
Update on the Warre Hive: One Becomes Four