Boatmurdered

Apiary: 
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A fortress full of bees, set out to make their own way in the world and build prosperity for bees everywhere.  This hive was first established in spring of 2009.  It is currently on its third ruler, queen Frederica I.  The hive has been split once into the hive now known as Cheese Palace.  The hive's second queen, Freyja, left with several of the hives inhabitants in a swarm that was not retrieved.

 

The name for this hive comes from a playthrough of a game called Dwarf Fortress.  The game focuses on a small group of dwarves that go out in the world to build a home in a hole in a mountain and survive against challenges their environment throws at them.  Sometimes directing the dwarves in this game feels pretty similar to trying to manage a bee hive.

Current Queen: 
Frederica I
Bee Genetics: 
Glenns Golden VSH - Pol line Italian - Cordovan
Begin of reign: 
May, 2012
Queen notes: 
I ordered this queen as an emergency replacement when the hive failed to make a queen (or more likely she was killed on a mating flight) on their own after they swarmed. She is from a Florida queen breeder who works with varroa resistent genetics. Will see how she does!
Past Queens: 
Freyja
Bee Genetics: 
Italian
Reign Dates: 
May, 2011 to April, 2012
Notes: 
Second queen of the hive after the first vanished. She built this hive up very well and got it through the winter like it never happened. The hive Cheese Palace was created from a split of her progeny, and this child hive of hers is currently doing far better than any of my other hives.
Tonka
Bee Genetics: 
Italian
Reign Dates: 
April, 2011 to May, 2011
Notes: 
Tonka's reign began well, but came to an abrupt end of unknown means when she was went missing less than 2 months into her rule.
Hive News: 
Just installed the new queen, Frederica I, after her flight in from Florida. Lets hope she learned something down south to help her get Boatmurdered back on track!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 11:45am
I was a little worried at first, but it looks like Frederica I has finally started laying! We have confirmed eggs and uncapped brood.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 2:00pm
Pulled off 8 frames of honey for extraction this weekend!
Friday, July 6, 2012 - 4:30pm
Not many frames with brood, but those that were here looked good. Hive was not too aggressive but I could smell the alarm pheromone from them very strongly. Had a mite count of 0, so hopefully all is well and stays that way.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 10:30pm
Boatmurdered should be ok for winter. I consolodated two mediums into one full one and they have some honey in their top brood box. The bottom box seemed near empty, however. The bees didn't seem to mind me being in the hive to check which was nice.
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 2:15pm

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