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September 2017 snapshot

September 1st, 2017 Status update 20 hives under the Rausch family jurisdiction (7 Warre, 12 Langstroth, 1 Top Bar) Survival rates: 95% (20 of 21) overall summer survival 100% (7 of 7) summer survival of overwintered colonies 90% (9 of … Continue reading

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May 1st snapshot

7 hives have made it into spring this year.  36.8% survival since last fall. 4 Langstroth hives (3 queens from 2016; 1 queen unknown-from August cutout) 2 Warre hives (1 queen from 2015; 1 queen from 2016) 1 Top bar … Continue reading

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Reasons to become a beekeeper

Professional beekeepers average 55 years old.  (goods and services supply is dropping) Rising interest in backyard beekeeping. (demand for bees and knowledge is increasing) Expanding demand for quality, local honey, propolis, and wax. (bottomless demand for products) Nature’s capacity to … Continue reading

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September 2016 Snapshot

September 1st, 2016 status update: 19 hives under the Rausch family jurisdiction (10 Warre, 8 Langstroth, 1 Top Bar) Survival rates: 95% (19 of 20) overall summer survival 100% (6 of 6) summer survival of overwintered colonies 87% (7 of 8) … Continue reading

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The Bee Movie

Thanks go to Jordan Hundelt, Sara Wolfe, Stephanie Wilkins, and Allie Pilot for making this documentary film about honey bees (featuring me)! My answers to their interview question: What are the individual jobs within the hive, and how do they … Continue reading

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March 2016 snapshot

As of March 1st, 2016: 6 hives are under the Rausch family jurisdiction. (22% survival) All 6 are Warre hives 4 were swarms from 2015 1 was a swarm from 2014 1 was from a cutout from mid-September 2015 21 hives have died … Continue reading

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September 2015 snapshot

September 1st, 2015 status update 26 hives under the Rausch family jurisdiction (19 Warre, 5 Langstroth, 1 Top Bar, 1 Bee Gum Log) Survival rates: 90% (9 of 10) summer survival of overwintered colonies 90% (18 of 20) summer survival … Continue reading

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March 2015 snapshot

As of March 31st, 2015: 11 hives are under the Rausch family jurisdiction.  (65% survival) (4 Langstroth, 6 Warre, 1 Bee gum log) 6 hives have died since Fall (4 Langstroth hives died in late winter; 1 cut-out hive died in early winter … Continue reading

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October 2014 snapshot

As of October 27th, 2014: 16 hives are under the Rausch family jurisdiction . (9 Langstroth, 7 Warre) 2 hives have died since Spring (1 Warre was clogged w/dead bees; 1 Langstroth died as a result of a poorly mated new queen) Sources for … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 shapshot

Survival through spring brood up was hard this year.  Most of my bees made it through January, but then died off as the weather warmed. As of May 1st, 2014: 7 hives are under the Rausch family jurisdiction (28% survival). … Continue reading

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