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In winter honey bees cluster together inside the hive for warmth. Bees don't fly unless the temperature reached close to 50 degrees. They continue to raise brood only at a much slower rate.

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Croom Schoolhouse Honeybees added 5 new photos to the album: Bait Box.
June 11, 2013

We caught a colony of bees in a swarm bait box that Jeff made based off the research of Thomas D. Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy. It took nearly two years of leaving the box alone, but finally the plywood offgassed enough to attract honeybees.

Croom Schoolhouse Honeybees added 3 new photos to the album: cut out job June 2013.
June 11, 2013

A job removing honeybees--the homeowners were debating whether to call in an exterminator. After Jeff explained killing bees without removing the comb would only invite more critters looking to eat the honey, they were very happy to have a beekeeper come and take everything away.

spring pollen in many colors

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Croom Schoolhouse Honeybees added 5 new photos to the album: First spring inspection 2013.
April 29, 2013

one hive is going strong, busting at the seams; some are moderate about what you'd expect coming out of winter, and some are struggling with low populations and we had to combine them to boost their numbers.

The local section of the Washington Post printed an article about Jeff removing the bees from the church bell tower. We're sold out of Holy Honey, but Croom Honey is still available!

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Prince George’s County sold “Holy Honey” and raised about $800 to help pay for repairs from earthquake damage.

Holy Honey is available! It is $10 a bottle, and profits will be donated to the Bell Tower Fund, to help the cost of repairing damage to the Saint Thomas Church bell tower from the 2011 earthquake. This weekend, we're also extracting honey from our own Croom Schoolhouse Apiary and that honey will be available soon.

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We've started bottling the "Holy Honey" extracted from the church bees. Below is a silly short on our bees. When they start this behavior, it means the nectar flow is almost over (early this year).

Honeybees robbing a weak hive during a dearth.

The video was taken with a phone camera, it isn't so good, but does show off all the bees and what was involved with the job. Tomorrow, I'll include a picture of the bee vac that Jeff built. We expect to have "Holy Honey" for sale shortly!

Honeybee hive extraction from St Thomas Episcopal Church in Croom, Maryland.

Early capped honey--the supers are getting really heavy, but it seems the nectar flow is slowing down. This is from the scale hive, which is very strong. We also found swarm cells in the fifth hive and made another nuc.

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A short video of the capture and installation of a honey bee swarm into a hive box.

Our scale hive gained ten pounds today. Ten pounds of nectar in a single day, they've been busy. Nectar is heavier than honey, since it contains a lot of moisture, but it shows we're well into the nectar flow now.

The QUEEN of hive #2. She's camera shy, but we managed to get a picture.

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