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Our honey bee colony is at about 50,000, and they're filling the second super with brood and honey, so I'm adding a third super.

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Comment by Marie on June 10, 2013 at 11:52am

Really enjoyed seeing what was happening. And ... noticed that you have anaphylactic + shock in your tags. Hun? Are you allergic? If so: brave man. Nuts! But brave. All my siblings are allergic. I don't know if I am as I've never been stung, but even mouche noires give me a bad reaction. Probably... *shudders* 

Comment by Geoff on June 10, 2013 at 12:05pm

Hey, you guys. The cloud giant isn't replacing the pollen patty and he forgot his smoker... Think he needs a little lesson in hospitality?

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These little vlogs make it look so easy to raise bees. Why are we facing a crisis in their population if it is straightforward to raise them domestically? You'd think governments could just pay a stipend to active bee-keepers. (Obviously I must be missing a big piece of the picture here.)

Comment by ThatGirl on June 10, 2013 at 12:59pm

Incredible. I gotta show my son when he gets home. We're allergic, so we will learn from watching You.

Comment by AnnelidaFilms on June 10, 2013 at 7:46pm

Thank you, one and all!

@Marie: No, I'm not allergic, but facing 50,000 little stingers makes me think about it.  I have a theory that beekeepers are less likely to be stung than the average flower-sniffer, since we have a lot of protection in place.

@Geoff: So far, the girls have ignored me.  Off-camera, I actually open the hive without protection from time to time just to take a quick look at their progress.  I haven't been stung yet!  And yes, it's very easy to raise bees.  They do 99% of the work.  I'm already preparing a government grant application to increase my effort to 20-40 hives next year.

@TG: This is a fascinating activity.  I'm learning as I go through this first year with my bees, and the complexity and order of honey bees is mind-blowing.  Look out; your son may want to start his own hive!  And I promise: if I ever get stung, I'll put it on video so you might know what to expect.

Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 12, 2013 at 3:39pm

These are awesome!!  Jim, are you posting these anywhere else besides Vimeo?

Comment by AnnelidaFilms on June 12, 2013 at 10:19pm

Syd - YOU'RE awesome!  And thanks.  Well, they're on YouTube.  And my own little weird website.  I just shot another update today, but I won't have it edited for another week or so.  Stay tuned...

Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 14, 2013 at 2:22pm

I posted links to the series on VLOGGERHEADS.

Hope that's okay!

Comment by AnnelidaFilms on June 14, 2013 at 5:07pm

That's fine, Syd.  To tell you the truth, Vloggerheads overwhelms me.  I have an account there and lurk often for their / your fascinating vids, but not being much a spontaneous vlogger myself, I feel my content is usually out of place.  Thank you for sharing my vids; I always trust your judgement.

Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 14, 2013 at 5:08pm

Uh oh, goddess help you if you trust my judgment 

but I think you're safe for now...

;o)

Comment by BlancheNoE on June 21, 2013 at 7:35pm

Have I told you lately that you're my hero ?

250000 little pollinators dead on a WalMart parking lot and they're still debating whether it was a natural happening or the 12 gallons of poison they spread the trees with 2 days prior *face-palm*.

Okay, to sign out on a happy note, i SOOO envy your future bounties from all of your hard work.

YUMmmmm.

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