Blog Profile / Linda's Bees

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Archived Since:May 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Three Good Uses for the Queen Excluder

In a tree there is no queen excluder. Bees in the wild build where they want to and the queen is free to wander in the comb and lay where it suits her. However, humans are always wanting to bend nature to meet their convenience. The queen excluder is no exception.It was developed for the convenience of the beekeeper. Show More Summary

It's Earth Day for Bees and People

My friend Curt Barrett and I were featured in an article that appeared online on Mother Nature Network. Here it is. Tom Oder interviewed each of us and then communicated what he learned about bee swarms.The article mentions our swarm adventures which have been featured on this blog. (Curt and I did the Bee-wo-Jima capture)

Speaking to Coweta Beekeepers

On Monday night in terrible Atlanta weather, I spoke to the Coweta Beekeepers near Newnan, Georgia. They have a great facility for meeting - it's professionally set up and nearly perfect. They meet at the agricultural center for their county. Show More Summary

There's no Such Thing as a Free Lunch!

All beekeepers get excited when they are called for a swarm! I'm in that boat - I get so excited that I keep all my gear in my car during swarm season so I'm ready to go if called.Last night as my work day was ending, my friend, Curt,...Show More Summary

New Meet-up Group in Atlanta for Talking About Keeping Bees Naturally

Julia and I are starting a meetup group in Atlanta called:Atlanta Beekeeping the Natural Wayto provide a place where people can discuss all kinds of ways of beekeeping. We often say that beekeeping is an art as well as a science. Since...Show More Summary

It's a Beautiful Day in my Neighborhood....

It's swarm season and all of us beekeepers cross our fingers that we will get a swarm call - it's an adventure: driving to an unknown address, evaluating the bee situation and rescuing the swarm. Then you drive back home, bees in the...Show More Summary

I BEE Speaking....

It's not unusual for me to give about one bee talk somewhere or another every month. In January, I spoke to the NE GA Mountain Beekeepers and gave another talk to a ladies' lunch group in Marietta. In February, I gave a talk on Wax: Fun and Facts at the GBA Spring Meeting and I spoke to the Ogeechee Beekeepers in Statesboro, Ga. Show More Summary

Ground Control to Major Tom......

I went over to Tom's on Monday morning to see how the hive was doing. I knew it had made it through the winter because Tom and his family reported seeing flying bees (and I had stopped by earlier), but I had not yet been inside the hive.Monday was the day. Show More Summary

What does 2 + 2 add up to in these two hives?

I have two dead hives in my backyard that needed my evaluation. I went through the first hive - the Northlake Swarm hive - which died in the second hard freeze week we had in February. Temperatures were in the 20s most of the week. In...Show More Summary

Short Postscript and Predictable End

Well, I said the box felt light.This morning it was raining in Atlanta and I could see about six bees at the entrance to the cardboard nuc. When the rain slowed down I went to my yard and lifted the top of the box. No bees....The six...Show More Summary

Impossible Swarm Day Two

I left the swarm all night with my swarm box with a ventilated hive cover on the top. The cover was open 1/2 inch so that if the bees wanted to come into the box, they could. I arrived at 7:30 before sunrise, although it was getting light, this morning. Show More Summary

Impossible Swarm

Tonight I got a swarm call. Swarm season has begun.I was thrilled because my hive at the Morningside Community Garden has died and I want to have a hive at that community garden. The beehive makes for a good ambassador for beekeeping...Show More Summary

New Grandba-bee Arrived on Thursday

The newest grandbaby in my life arrived on Thursday. His name is Parker James and my daughter and son-in-law will call him Parker. He was a big bee weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces! Parker with Grandma My daughter Parker and his big brother Max. Show More Summary

Moving Day for Polar Bees

This past Sunday was moving day for the Polar Bees in the overwintered nuc. I was hesitant to get into swarm season with this highly enthusiastic hive in a nuc. I was cautious about moving them because last year every time I fooled with this hive, I got stung several times, but I accomplished the move with no gloves and no stings. Show More Summary

Flying Bees HOORAY

We've had a bad end to winter - I hate to say that when Boston is ten feet deep in snow - but in Atlanta we had below freezing temps for the last week of February and that is bad for the bees. I was sure my bees had failed to make it through that last week, so I crossed my fingers. Show More Summary

I Think I have a Dead Hive Post the Freezing Weather

I have had three thriving hives in my bee yard at home and every time we go up to 50 degrees, I have looked out of my window with relief to see the bees flying. We've just had a week of temperatures in the 20s or below and today it is raining and in the 50s. Show More Summary

Analytical Thinking about the New Dead Hive

So the hive that appears dead today (it rained and was too cold to open it today) needs some careful thought and I have not been able to get it out of my mind today.First it originally was my Northlake swarm hive - a swarm from a hive of bees that had been living "for years" in a column in a business condominium complex. Show More Summary

Great GBA State Meeting

Last weekend was the "spring" meeting of the Georgia Beekeepers Association. In 2013, they barely had 120 people. This year we had 240 registrants!We have a fabulous president of the association now who had built up the numbers of local clubs and has encouraged each of them to join GBA. Show More Summary

The Dead....... and the Living

At this time of year, all of us beekeepers are crossing our fingers that our bees make it through the winter. Today the icy wind is blowing and Atlanta will have temperatures in the 20s tonight. This occurs after several balmy days. Thus is winter in the south. Show More Summary

Warm Temps Equal Flying Bees

The temperature is milder today and the bees are flying.I have three live hives in my backyard which means I lost two over the winter. One was the tiny hive we moved from Jeff's yard that never really got off the ground. The other was the Sebastian hive which made good honey and were surprisingly strong. Show More Summary

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