Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hive check

Saturday May 5, 2018 Cinco de Mayo

I got the smoker going and took off the cloth under the quilt box of each hive to make sure there were pollen patties on the hives. Then I filled the feeders and put them back together but first, I grabbed the queen cage out of the second box of Hive B. I hope Hive A makes it, it seems low on bees.

I took the mouse guards off too.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pollen coming in April 24, 2018

Pollen coming into both hives.
Lots of bee activity.
Hive B feeder jars were 1/2 full so I filled them and Hive A jars were down 1/3 so I filled those as well.
Nice weather.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reduced big hive A to 3 boxes from 5 and added feeder box

April 22, 2018
We got the smoker going. Checked Hive B, active, still has syrup in feeders.
Separated the bottom 2 boxes with the hive tool, then we smoked them and lifted the 3 top boxes (sans quilt box & roof & window covers - to reduce the weight) and moved them onto the small formica table. About 4 top bars with comb were stuck to the bottom of the 3rd box so Mark tipped them and I pulled out the top bars. We then transferred the top 3 boxes back onto the base (after I cleaned all of the dead bees off of the bottom screen) by holding the box handles with long pieces of wood (Mark's invention).
The mouse guards are still on.
The corks are in the escape holes.
I put sugar syrup in the feeders on top of Hive A (after I moved the pollen patty to the side away from the feeder holes).
All went well.
I hope Hive A can increase in numbers now that it has sugar syrup and pollen on top of it!

This is my newly packaged Hive B:

And this is my over wintered Hive A:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hived one package after a blizzard

April 17, 2018
I was in NYC when a blizzard hit here on the 14-16th with over 15" of snow!
Mark picked up the two packages I had ordered and kept them warm in the garage overnight. He sprayed them periodically with 1:1 sugar water
When I arrived home, we hived one package in the small hive B and placed the queen suspended between the top bars of the second box. I shook the package of bees on top of her (in the top box or third box) and replaced the top bars and put the feeder on top.
The bottom or first box is empty and I plugged the mouse guard holes with grass.
Here we go!

Hive A still has bees so I sold the extra package to a coworker who is a beekeeper.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 9 and 10, 2018 Harvested honey and getting ready for NEW bees

I harvested about 5-6 quarts of lovely honey by crushing the comb, draining through netting to get the big particles out then through cheesecloth into a jug.
It looks really nice!
I have a bunch of extra comb/wax that I am saving for my nephew since I have more than enough beeswax saved up.
When I went to my big hive, I looked in it and there are bees in the top 2 boxes, so I am going to cancel my extra package and just keep the one that I ordered.
They are supposed to arrive early next week - I sure hope it warms up!
You'll read more in a week or so when I hive a new package, see you on the sunny side.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27 - bees still around

It was over 40 degrees today, I checked the hive and there was still pollen and sugar under the quilt box - I didn't see a lot of bees through the windows but several came to the escape hole when they heard me messing about.

This weather is not conducive for hiving bees but the packages will probably be here in a couple of weeks!

Here's hoping for warm sunny days.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17 St Patrick's Day

I checked my large hive and it did not need a new pollen patty or sugar fondant yet. I took apart the small dead hive and cleaned the bottom screen of dead bees. I brought in ~10 combs of honey and I reassembled the hive, empty box on bottom, middle box with comb/honey/pollen, pollen patty on top of that box, then top box with some comb. I will put a new package in that hive.