January in the Northwest apiary

Here is update from Rich’s 2005 post:  January, our winter, is time for planning and our bees time to cluster for warmth. We have already seen an occasional winter flight day. While we anxiously await February, March and April overwintering successes (our bees  toughest winter stretch), it is a good … Read more about January in the Northwest apiary

June in the Northwest Apiary

With the blackberry in bloom and the honey supers on, try not to bother the hives to much.  Just make sure the hives are queen right and they are not going to swarm.  If you see eggs, you have a queen.  Check for swarm cells.  Swarming should taper off as the month advances. For those hives that … Read more about June in the Northwest Apiary

May in the Northwest Apiary

The honeybees are busy busy.  There are so many crops blooming now that both the beekeeper and the bees are very busy. Heavily populated hives may need more honey supers. Many beekeepers in the valley are experiencing swarming problems.  For some, the spring came on so fast, they couldn't keep … Read more about May in the Northwest Apiary

April in the Northwest Apiary

Swarm season is upon us.  That seems odd to say when it's only April.  There have been a few swarms that have issued out already in the Willamette Valley.  That being said, now is the time to have some extra equipment ready, especially if you have your name on a swarm list.  It doesn't hurt to carry … Read more about April in the Northwest Apiary

March in the Northwest Apiary

With our mild winter, thus the ability to bring in pollen, the honeybees have been busy producing brood.  All the hives seem to have more frames of brood than usual for this time of year. If the bees are flying, get into the hives and check for eggs and larvae.  Count the number of frames of … Read more about March in the Northwest Apiary

February in the Northwest Apiary

Fortunately this winter (2016) has been much wetter, thus more snow in the mountains.  We will be happy about that this coming summer.  The honeybees have had a few days of flight lately.  They have been able to bring in some pollen.  This will help stimulate the queen to lay more eggs as she now … Read more about February in the Northwest Apiary

January in the Northwest Apiary

Spring seems a long way off, however it will get here and will you be ready?  If you need bees this spring, now is a good time to get those ordered.  If you are going to order bees from California, you need to get your order in and pay your deposit.  Several beekeepers in our area sell packages or … Read more about January in the Northwest Apiary

December in the Northwest Apiary

Things are still pretty quiet in the bee yard.  There isn't a great deal to do this time of year for the hobbyist beekeeper.  For the commercial beekeeper, there is plenty of work to get done.  The move to California will be here before you know it. At 3:03 pm PST on December 21, we will reach … Read more about December in the Northwest Apiary

October in the Northwest Apiary

Hopefully you have been caring for your honeybees in the last couple of months, because time is running out.  Winter weather will be upon us before long. Continue to feed sugar syrup, although soon enough the bees will stop taking the syrup.  When they do, stop feeding and clean out the … Read more about October in the Northwest Apiary

August in the Northwest Apiary

Much of the flora has begun to dry out. Some beekeepers are seeing some attempted robbing by the bees when the hive is open. This is a good time to place robbing screens on the hives. There is more of chance that robbing will occur when there is an abundance of hives in a centralized area. Robbing … Read more about August in the Northwest Apiary