Category: Beekeeping

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Soon the boys will be back in town! Although there were no signs of new drones upon my initial hive inspections of 2020, the ladies will begin the process of re-establishing the drone population very soon. During our Michigan winters, the drones (male honey… Continue Reading “Let’s Hear it for the Boys!”

Beekeeper Roda’s Story

My name is Roda. I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary in Rockford, Michigan. I was born a nature girl. I spent my childhood exploring the woods, catching critters, and gardening with my dad. Even then, I was easily distracted by bees, butterflies,… Continue Reading “Beekeeper Roda’s Story”

Inspect with a Purpose

As spring arrives, I become more and more excited to begin hive inspections. As much as I enjoy inspections, I want to make sure I am not opening a hive just to say “hello” to my sweet ladies. Before I inspect a hive, I… Continue Reading “Inspect with a Purpose”

Let’s Talk Pollen!

Pollen is a protein food source for the bees. This powdery substance is collected from flowers, by the forager bees, and brought back to the hive and stored in cells. Pollen is then used to make bee bread, (a mixture of honey and pollen)… Continue Reading “Let’s Talk Pollen!”

Autumn Gifts

Here in West Michigan, our leaves are changing and there is definitely a chill in the air. Hello, October! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was saying “hello” to our sweet honey bees, after a long and challenging winter. Time sure… Continue Reading “Autumn Gifts”

Spring Has Sprung!

Here in Michigan, Spring has sprung! We are excited to report that we have been able to complete our first comprehensive inspections, on all of our hives! We overwintered 100% of our hives and our mite tests were clear. This is a fabulous way… Continue Reading “Spring Has Sprung!”

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the new site of Indigo Acres Apiary, located in Rockford, Michigan! My name is Roda, and I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary, LLC. I am so excited to kick off our 2019 beekeeping season and share our adventures.… Continue Reading “Welcome!”