Sunday, July 8, 2018

they're packing in the nectar

My top boxes look great - I now have 5 boxes on each hive and they are filling the 4th box, the bottom boxes don't have windows though.
What a great nectar flow - I was not planning on harvesting honey this year, but I may have to take the top boxes in order to get the hives down to a reasonable size for winter.
We'll see!
Here are videos of each box:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

roof blown off and adding boxes

July 2 2018 - we returned from a week away horse camping in Roosevelt Nat'l Park to find Hive B's roof/quilt box on the ground! Must have been windy here. The top cloth was pulled back 1-3" on the SW corner and some bees were going in and out of the top box. Thankfully, it was plenty warm and the queen must not have left. I put the quilt box and roof back on!

July 4 - Mark helped me lift FOUR boxes on each hive as we added a box to the bottom of each hive because they were filling the bottom boxes. Hopefully, we did it in time and she won't swarm with half of her hive.

This is Hive B (new package this year):
 This is Hive A (overwintered hive):
 Monarchs on our milkweed:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

After the jungle heat ...

I took off the feeders today, the packaged hive B had empty feeders and there was still syrup in my overwintered hive A.
Now I won't feed again until the fall, the bees are doing well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Added 1:1 syrup for the last time

June 15 2018: I filled the feeders but when they empty them this time, I'll take them off until fall feeding. All is well in both hives.
Going into a hot hot weekend of 100° heat index.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 12 2018 added boxes

Got the smoker going, beautiful day out and around 10:30am, Mark and I lifted the 3 boxes on each hive and added a windowed box to the bottom.
I put some pollen patties on and kept the feeders on.
All looks good.

Here they are:

 workers on the bottom board bringing in pollen

the light boxes are my feeder boxes, we use the white table to move the boxes over then place a new box down and replace the hive on top of the new box. It's slick and it's the perfect height.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Filling feeders

June 7 and 11 I filled the feeders.
In the meantime, Justify won the Triple Crown on Saturday June 9 - 3 years after America Pharoah!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 and 99°!!!

This must have been a record setting day.
Suffice to say the bees are busy, though the bee population in my overwintered hive still seems slim in comparison to my package, but feeders were nearly empty on both hives so I topped them up.
I can still feel pollen patties under the top bar cloth so I did not open the hive to replace them.
The bees are always at my bird waterer by my house, despite the fact that I have supplied them with a bucket of water in the apiary.

Oh, and my husband ran into a fawn on our land: