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Stingerz Apiary Back Up and Building.

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Chernobyl started a year ago next week for me.  I worked the hives at the farm before it started and did not do anything again until I harvested honey late in August.  I was happy to see that all 3 hives made it thru the winter and doing well.

I bought 2 more hives from a local supplier to restart bees at my house.  Then the next week, I made 3 hives out of the ones at the farm to help keep them from swarming.  They are all doing well and my hive count is back to 8.  The year cancer struck, hives failed and went from 20 to 3 in a few months due to attack from a pest called the small african hive beetle.  I have sprayed the ground and should have the strength to fight them this year.  Weather has been nice for bees an buildup has been great this spring so far.IMG_20180502_170535.jpg

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We split our hives this week. Today I got a swarm at the court house square in Salem.  That gets me to 5 hives. We got 2 1/2 gals of honey last June but we left full supers for the winter and they used it all to survive. It's looking good so far this year.

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For it being a goofy spring, bees seem to like it. Hives at farm were full of nectar and brood two weeks ago. One had swarm queen cells, I took those and made a new hive.

Slow spring has made lots of flowers. Clover should be great.

It's just nice to be able to get back on track with things around here.

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