An Inspiring Introduction to Beekeeping

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Watching the Daisies

IMG_7652Continuing my quest to learn more about bees, I recently attended a beginners day on beekeeping  at my former workplace – The Glasshouses, Killult http://www.natithegloine.com

Hive Health

The day began with watching several videos from The University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/videos.shtml on best techniques for opening hives and colony inspection.

In summer, it is good practice to check each hive on a weekly basis.

Mating Hives

Our practical experience included checking on mating hives, where virgin queens are left alone with 300 bees, thus ensuring future generations.

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Please note that although I had donned a protective suit, my ankles remained bare.  Thankfully, the bees stayed away from my feet.

It is wise to completely cover up.

Mating Hive Inspection

Each hive was carefully inspected, and the bees all looked healthy and happy.

The white substance on the right is fondant, which the bees like to eat.

Hive…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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