Wow….where did March, April, May, and June go!!??

Well I have now learned the hardest part of setting up a website….is going to be posting to it.

The last 4 months have been a whirlwind.  Beekeeping has been great!  The wet Spring has lead to some amazing flowers and what seems to bee gallons of nectar.  My 4 hives are all doing great!  I have a total of eight honey supers on right now!

I caught 2 swarms this spring.  One of them I combined with a weaker colony of mine and the other one I donated to the Idaho Botanical Garden.

I am also managing the 6 Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club hives at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center.  As I hopefully get more time I hope to post more about the neat activities we have going on up there.

In the upcoming weeks stay tuned.  It was finally warm enough that I spun out the beautiful amber honey from the Fall and will be ready to start selling it soon!  This is the good stuff if you have Fall allergies! I will also be posting information about wax, dog paw and nose cream, and lip balm prices.

My 2017 honey harvest is going to start the first week of August so expect to see information and pricing!

Most importantly thank you for being patient with the website.  This business thing is all new and still a hobby!  I appreciate everybody support!

Mark

 

A New Opportunity At The Foothills Learning Center!!!!

Starting this beekeeping season I volunteered to be the liaison between the Treasure Valley Beekeeping Club and the Foothills Learning Center here in Boise!  What this entails is managing the three beehives the club currently has located at the FLC along with coordinating several projects like the bi-annual garden cleanup and Foothill Family Day about bees in September.  I am really looking forward to this opportunity!

On Friday I went up there to check the status of the hives and was excited to see bees were flying!  I also had the opportunity to use my new FLIR One thermal imaging camera to check where the cluster is located.  It is useful for a beekeeper to know the location of the cluster since as they eat through their honey they move up in the hive.  By checking the weight and location of the cluster I can determine if a hive is running low on food without having to open the hive and disturb the bees/cause a heat loss.

As you can see in the pictures the bees have moved up to the top box and are off to the sides.  Since the hives all weight approximately the same this tells me I will need to check again in the next 3-4 weeks and possibly have to give them a little snack to get them through the rest of winter.

With temperatures being nearly 50 the last few days and bees flying it is safe to say spring is coming!

FLC Hives in Feburary
Thermal image of right FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017
Thermal image of left FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017
Thermal image of center FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017