Tag Archives: Bruce Bowen

Queen Rearing – A Sequence of Events – Part 1: Shaking Bees

Gathering nurse bees using a honeybee shaker box – part 1 of a series on our on-going queen rearing project at Bruce Bowen Bees in Mt. Vernon, Washington Continue reading

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Over-night beehive splits – what a difference a day makes this spring

Weather changes during the making of over-night splits at Brookfield Farm in Maple Falls. Shots of splits being made in the sun at one of Bruce Bowen’s bee yards. How over-night splits are created to make new nucs at Brookfield Farm Continue reading

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Loading Honeybees for Almond Pollination

Loading 818 honeybee hives onto three trucks which then transported the bees to the California almonds for pollination. Bruce Bowen’s bees, Mount Vernon, Washington. Photos by Karen E. Bean, Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, Washington. More photos than words on this posting. Continue reading

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Preparing Honeybees to pollinate California almonds

Beekeeper Karen Bean helps Bruce Bowen and Pat Ray prepare honeybees which will go to California for almond pollination. How hives are moved, by forklift and hand dolly; how honey bound hives are corrected; how pallets are cleaned; and just how much wool Bean can get under a bee suit are covered. Continue reading

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Feeding Honeybees in the Fall – 2 different apiaries

Feeding honeybees at two different beekeepers operations: a 40 hive farm and a 1000 hive operation. Karen Bean, of Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, Washington with 40 hives feeds by hand. Bruce Bowen with 1000 hives uses pumps. Continue reading

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Supering at a 1000 hive operation

Putting honey supers on bee hives in Bruce Bowen’s 1000 hive operation in Skagit County, Washington. Continue reading

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Preparing for Nucs at a 700 Colony Operation

Sorting out waxed, plastic honeybee foundation and preparing nucleus (nuc) boxes with Bruce Bowen, of Bruce Bowen’s Bees, in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Continue reading

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