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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #420 on: July 01, 2021, 09:02:56 am »
That's pretty interesting about the bumble bees.
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #421 on: July 01, 2021, 09:31:43 am »
That's some bright orange pollen, Yukon Jeff.  What are they working for pollen?
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #422 on: July 02, 2021, 12:39:07 am »
I thought it was dandelion pollen but they are bringing in a couple shades of yellow and orange. It could be Icelandic Poppy. Also bringing in white from the Blue Iris and starting to see the Fireweed pollen it looks gray like gunpowder.

And yes Jim they are cooking Bumble bees regular now. Hows your bees fairing this year. 

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #423 on: July 02, 2021, 12:41:34 am »
I got two Saskatraz queens shipped in today from Iowa.

I made up a double nuc with a ten frame box and a divider board.


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #424 on: July 03, 2021, 12:43:51 am »
I have a divider board in and a queen excluder on top. I hope that keeps them separated. I have a feeling I might end up with just one queen ,or a lot of drift. We will see.

I think they could be wintered in this set up.





I graduated from a bee jacket to a veil. I was waiting for one that didn't look so dorky. lol

 

Our main flow is fireweed is starting soon. I will shake the queens down and get queen excluders on soon and hope I get some honey.

 



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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #425 on: July 03, 2021, 05:28:07 pm »
Well I have been procrastinating about hooking up my bear fence despite the recent reports of both brown and the black variety of bears have been spotted in the village.
So last night during a storm with heavy rain had my bear guard dogs in their houses, They may have barked but I didn't hear it over the wind and rain. A bear (I suspect brown ) walked through my unelectrified fence and pushed on one of my hives.

Lucky for me the ratchet strap saved the day. Not sure why it didnt work at it harder but was the same thing last year. Had a brown push over my nuc and got stung and left, only to come back and get 10,000 V and then shot at the neighbors.

I have chickens too so might be my turn to have a bear rodeo here at the house.

As you can see the picture above was taken last night, right after I took out one of the queen cages from the nuc. compared to this mornings picture below.





Locked and loaded for tonight.

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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #426 on: July 04, 2021, 07:12:07 am »
Hope you fill your freezer rather than his belly.
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #427 on: July 18, 2021, 04:23:08 am »
Thanks . He got a taste of the fence I think, so been a good bear again.

 A few pics.

The double nuc is rocking along nicely. Still has two queens and both laying good. I would like to try winter one of these.

 

Saskatraz queen.





Fireweed flow has started.








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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #428 on: July 18, 2021, 08:42:38 am »
Fantastic photos as always! Glad to hear the bear didn’t get the snack he was after


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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #429 on: July 19, 2021, 10:22:17 am »
Forgive me, this is a little off topic.  Call it Alaska gardening.   :laugh:
This spring I started some kale seeds.  I planted what I needed and gave my neighbor the remaining seedlings.  I saw their kale plants and about fell over!  They look like they were grown in Palmer, AK with 20 hours of sunlight a day!  I definitely need to rethink my gardening practices.   :o
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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #430 on: July 20, 2021, 03:40:37 am »
Thanks

I wish we had a better climate for growing here. I am in western Alaska 450 miles NW of Palmer and the infamous Matanuska Valley.

We have longer days than Palmer but the weather is cooler and windy and wet alot. Not many trees grow here.

I have a small raised bed I can grow potatoes and turnips, strawberries, snap pees, radishes, collards and thats about it. No corn or tomatoes or anything like melons. Just too cool and short season.



I have a few that do a little better in the back of my truck.



But look how well the native grasses and fireweed do. This in my back yard. No lawn mowers here anyway. I leave it for the bees. It will be in bloom soon.





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Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Reply #431 on: December 25, 2021, 02:36:26 pm »
Season's Greetings fellow Beekeepers.

My beekeeping summer here in western Alaska was a bust. We had cold wet west winds from Siberia all summer long and as expected my bees did poorly. No honey. I had to feed them during the main flow, they were starving.

They never built up more than 6-8 frames of bees, I had two yr old queens not sure if that had anything to do with it.

But non the less I fed them up and prepped them for winter. One was very small cluster, like it swarmed during fall feeding.
Pictures are from late october.





I tried to keep this double nuc separate but before I could get the divider board in , this happened.



I have them insulated and wrapped with the quilt boxes on. I am going into winter with two year old queens, I expect losses this winter. I am considering ordering a package or two if I can figure a way to get them shipped out.

Its 35 degrees F and rain as I type this on Christmas day. We had some - 20 weather last month, but been a warm winter so far.

Hope your bees are all doing good and I will update again as winter progresses.
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