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I hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend 

Before going on a trip, Josh took advantage of a sunny Thursday afternoon to see how the hives were doing after the walk away splits. To our surprise, each of the hives had selected the rightful heirs to their realms. Each queen had already made a mating flight and had begun laying as well! Realm 3, the biggest of the realms, is exploding with bees. At a prior inspection, we had put on a fresh honey super. The occupants of the realm had made swift work, filling out all 10 frames with fresh, white wax. I added another honey super to the top (making the hive almost 6 feet tall already) and expect them to draw out the comb just as quickly as they did the last box. The honey flow up there comes on strong, we expect to be harvesting those boxes in the very near future. Realm 4, which had been left without a queen when we split into the indoor observation hive, now has a new, mated queen sitting upon the throne. We expect the realm, which to this point has been a bit slower to get started, to ramp up production soon. Realm Nuc has outgrown kingdom and required a new, more suitable home for its occupants. I have moved it into a full-size brood castle with a fresh honey super on top to accommodate the growing kingdom. The queen of the realm is a lady of Washington State and her pedigree has proved her to be a dignified and productive queen. We anticipate she will outgrow this home as well and require more space in the near future. Below are pictures of our new leaders! Bend the knee, Long live the queen(s)!

As all of us have seen, this May has been a wet one. In fact, yesterday's precipitation put us at twice as wet as the average May here in the valley. While this has been really nice for the greenery in the foothills, and the pollen and nectar in the hives, it has made it really hard to actually plan times to get up to the hives. Hopefully, the summer gives us more predictable weather! As of right now, the weather this weekend is looking mighty fine! This Sunday, (6/2) we plan on going up to the apiary at 3:45 pm to inspect. We would love to see you out there if you'd like to help! We will have one smoker and three extra suits/veils if you need one. We could use another smoker if someone has one. Other than that, if you plan on coming, please bring a suit or veil if you have one, a hive tool, and some water as it looks like it will be hot. We promise it will be a less disappointing way to spend a Sunday than the Game of Thrones finale was. 

Thanks everyone, hope to see you this Sunday!
Tasha & Josh
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Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center
3188 Sunset Peak Rd
Boise, ID 83702

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Tasha Smagula · Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club · Boise, ID 83705 · USA

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