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About bonbeelog

20 something in New Orleans, interested in urban farming, bees, and food.

Four Hive Inspections with a Sweet Ending

This morning I woke up and went to check in on Lili’s fierce bees. Queen Beatrice left us with five stings between us, four for Lili, including one on her face, OUCH. We also robbed two frames of honey from … Continue reading

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JP the Bee Man

For a video of my most recent escapades with the swarm, please check out JP the Bee Man’s YouTube spot here: #JPtheBeeManVideo# And while your at it, watch some of his other videos. It is fun to see what a professional … Continue reading

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THE SWARM

Sunday morning, I’m talking to my mom on the phone when I walk outside and immediate notice a carpet of bees on the front corner of my yard. Something had gone terribly wrong! “Mom, I got to go. My bees are swarming. … Continue reading

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Encounters with Beatrice

I took my little sister out to Lili’s urban farm this weekend while she was in town. She played with rabbits, caught grasshoppers to feed to the chickens and ate an entire cucumber right off the vine. I also suited … Continue reading

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The Weird and the Lovely.

LaDonna inspection #2: July 3, 2010: I inspected LaDonna today and she is doing very well, I put a super on the hive body since all but two frames were drawn out and there was a lot of honey and … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Rain

New Orleans has gotten a lot of rain in the past two weeks. Between hurricane Alex bands and the regular wet summer weather, I have not been able to open up LaDonna and see how she is doing, but I … Continue reading

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LaDonna Has Arrived

On June 15, my neighbor Lili and I drove to Harahan, La to meet my favorite beekeeper, Jeff (who sold me my last hive). Jeff is a bee relocater who specializes in removing honey bees from people’s homes and selling … Continue reading

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Bee’s Bounty

People that have cats and dogs for pets call them their “children” and consider themselves their “parents”. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to determine the proper analogy for my relationship with my bees. I am not … Continue reading

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Response to Comments and Feedback

Thank you for you comments and feedback. Let me take a moment to better explain the hive make-up and the Mother’s Day Massacre. When constructing the basics of the hive, a beekeeper has a few options. First, you can have … Continue reading

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Crowded bees get bored

Delilah inspection #4: June 10, 2010: This wasn’t really an inspection, more like a quick fix for MISTAKE #4. On my last inspection, there was a lot of honey. Thinking that I was going to have to harvest honey, I … Continue reading

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