Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Over 90 degrees and they're bearding

It's really warm today - humid and over 90 - so I checked the hives around 7pm and they were both bearding up the front of the hives.
Tomorrow is supposed to be just as bad.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Well this can't be good

It's warm and humid, but there's room in the bottom box, I think!
And then a spider has a hold of one of my bees!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Removed feeder boxes

The high today was 96!
Hive A's feeder bottles were empty - Hive B's were not, but I took off both feeder boxes with syrup jars after I smoked the hives.
Replaced the feeder cloth with a brand new piece of cloth.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Nadir'ed both hives June 5, 2017

Well, I know it makes for tall hives, but due to the fact that I started my packages in boxes which already had comb/honey, they've been going to town. It's been really warm for early June and I didn't want them to swarm - they were starting to build comb in the bottom boxes, so I got the smoker going and veil'ed up.

Beautiful day, warm, sunny, less humid, light breeze. Took off the feeder boxes then the top 2 boxes on the big hive - Hive A - then the next two boxes, then added the put the empty box below and restacked them. Similarly with Hive B, I removed the feeder box and jars, then the top two boxes but 2 top bars from the bottom (third) box stuck to the bottom of the second box, so those got a little squished, though I tried to keep the boxes tilted to avoid ruining them completely. I salvaged them and put the top bars back in the third box, then I removed it, added the fourth empty box and restacked them all up again.

I didn't look for the queen cages - if I had help, and someone could hold the boxes up for me, I could have tried to do that but they probably built comb around them anyway, so no big deal.

The smoker worked really well and the bees were surprisingly nice considering how intrusive these maneuvers were!

I'll take the feeders off next week.

I then clipped down all the grass by hand.

video



Thursday, June 1, 2017

still taking down syrup

all four feeder jars needed to be filled again today.
a beautiful day - 80+ degrees, tomorrow will be 85 and muggy.
so I took out the bottom boards so the hives won't get too hot.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Taking down syrup

Saturday, 27 May 2017

A beautiful day to get lots of outdoor tasks finished. After a week and a half of rain, it has dried out so the garden was finished today.

Hive A emptied their feeders, so after I replaced the duck cloth on both, I filled the feeders on both hives though there was still ~1/3 in Hive B in each bottle.

Lots of activity and pollen coming in - there are purple flowers all over the land and the workers are enjoying them.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Despite neglect, they're thriving

We were in Europe for 2 1/2 weeks, I came back to two active hives, the large one with empty feeders and the small one with 2/3 empty feeders.
I filled them both.
All is good.