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Requeening——The Pick Up

Since we lost our Italian hive on the roof of Abbot’s Cellar this winter we decided to re-queen with local stock this spring. Our bee jedi in Sausalito hooked us up with a rad local nuc (originally a swarm and has survived two years with no treatment or feeding).

A bit about our queen and nuc from Jennifer herself:
“Your queen was not grafted, rather she was naturally made as a swarm cell when the mother hive was getting too big and the bees were ready to swarm.  The nuc is made up of bees from her mother hive and the ones she’s made since. She’s been laying since around the 1st of April.  If you haven’t seen her already then you’ll soon see she is marked, though the paint wore off a bit.  Green for 2014.”

(Cameo by Jennifer and Chef Adam)

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Mite Alert

Oh no!

For the first time ever one of our hives very clearly has mites. We did a powdered sugar check just to see if mites may be an issue and sure enough we have a few of the buggers.

This is a totally new issue for us so if any of you fellow beekeepers have any suggestions for organic mite removal please do let us know!

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New Visitors

This weekend we had Brooke and Lizzie up to the roof to take a tour of the hive. Thanks for visiting gang!

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Abbot’s Cellar Expansion

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We’re excited to announce the installation of two new hives on the rooftop of Abbot’s Cellar! We’ll be mentoring the newest beekeepers in the neighborhood and will be sure to keep their progress updated here.

In the pictures above you’ll see the Abbot’s community prepping the hives and installing the queens on their rooftop. These guys are working with an Italian queen and a local queen all procured from the Beekind this spring. More to come!

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