So close, an idling crew, big crop, … patience is our asset
Sitting in a gazebo on the water front at lake of the woods watching my kids pull in countless jack off the dock this evening. Getting away is such an important thing. Decomposing, family time, being lazy, swimming, outdoor wilderness, water craft fun, fishing… I’m enjoying our time away. Enjoy the video,
A Manitoba video edit request from the Canadian Honey Council for The 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Montréal Canada, September 8-12 2019. I had originally put together 10 min which I edited down to 5, but I was told, NO! 30-40 seconds! Lol
1:11 min edit was the best I could do 🙂👍
We probably went 3-4 days longer with the graft than needed but I wanted to make for sure that I have enough cells to finish off the split. Problems happen. We are so late with the split this year. Most beekeepers tell me they are all caught up with their work already, I’m not. I don’t feel behind but when I look at the calendar I definitely am. The thing is though, I’m right in step with natures pace. If I consider my timing along side nature, then I’m right on time of not ahead! I try my hardest not to beekeep by the calendar but sometimes practicality rules the day. Tomorrow the last of the splits will be pulled off, then straight into queen checks on Monday!
The nice weather has finally came and everything is making up for lost time. Dandelions, fruit trees, berries all are in brilliant full bloom which has provided the abundance for my hives to feast on. The hives are just going through another major hatch which instantly fill these boxes with bees. The more bees, the more workers, the more resource that is brought into the hives. These hives have gone from on the verge of hungry to nearly plugged out. It’s my job to ensure the hives have enough space to continue growing and to manage the hive’s population to avoid swarming. I have instantly fallen behind but thanks to my excellent work staff most all of my need to do jobs are done as I focus on the immediate need to split the hives.
My goal is to take the wealth while it’s here and we are putting in the long hours to take it all!! 👍
In the bees and in the field. Using the day the best way we can. Cold windy weather continues to frustrate but it forces us to make the best of the good days that come! It’s been a cold spring but the bees are in great shape and that’s all that matters 👍
As I type this, I’m sitting at one of my boys ball games. I’m too busy to be here but at the end of the day, it’s the ice cream that matters 🙂
Cranking it up! It’s a start 👍
Checking hives with that crazy New Brunswick beekeeper, Andrew Munn. Always an interesting conversation, cheers man!
It’s been a cold First half of May, I’d say Mother Nature just put a 2 week pause in progress. The hives are hungry but growing. My attempt to maintain positive terrific growth comes with managing the nest tight but doing this either requires more work or walking that fine line. I’ve pulled the trigger, boxes are going out! NOW! Space feed and work is required right now