Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yep - lost my hive

Opened my  hive today, Saturday Feb 11, 2017  - full of dead bees, capped honey and sugar fondant on top.
Time to order another package and harvest some of this honey, I guess.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

?did I lose my hive?

february 6, 2017:
went to listen to the hive and didn't hear much!
but this happened to my small hive last year and it made it after all, so I'll see.
also the droppings are brown, not yellow.

I'll know within a month I think

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Added some sugar

Friday Jan 20 2017: It has been warm, 30s-40s all week with rain, so I thought I better check the stores. I took off the roof, then the quilt box and partially lifted the top bar cloth. There was plenty of activity with bees on the remaining sugar blocks (fondant). But I put another block (broken into two pieces) under the cloth. Then I tried to cover it up again - not an easy task because the sugar pulls up the cloth - there isn't any excess - that's why I have two cloths overlapping to do the job.

Plenty of bees flew out and a couple circled around me but no stings, thankfully!
I hope this gets them through, though I do have one block of home made fondant left if needed.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 14 2017

Well, we just went through our third polar freeze and the girls are alive. There are a lot of dead bees around the hive, but stethoscope to the escape hole yields buzzing.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter feeding November 27, 2016

I slipped a block of fondant under the top cloth today as well as added an extra cloth to cover all the edges (the fondant pulls the cloth up too much and exposes the open ends of the top bars/comb) and quickly resealed everything.
I took the cork out of the escape hole, in case it snows because the snow can cover the main (lower) entrance and the bees could suffocate without an escape hole.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Drilled the escape hole November 20, 2016

Well the weather did change, winds were gusting up to about 45 mph on Friday and it mainly rained here though by Saturday morning, there was a fine dusting of snow. Out west and up north, there were accumulations up to 24"!!

Low 30s all weekend, so I drilled the escape hole and put a cork in it. The front wall of insulation had blown off in the storm but I found it down by our woods and put it back and rebungee'ed it in front of the hive.