Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I'm not sure they're going to make it this winter

Well, my newly packaged hive looks like there are hardly any bees in there. I'm so sad because they were doing great before they toppled over in the tornado.
The overwintered hive seems to have more activity but again, not like I would like to see it this time of year. We'll see how they fare come February to March!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Final feeding push

Sept 28 2018
I refilled the feeders one last time - the issue with filling/feeding 2:1 sugar:water combination is that the sugar precipitates in the dependent position thus crystallizing and plugging the feeder holes. Hopefully, they can still get syrup with their proboscises.

Next week, we'll remove the feeders and the lower boxes and hope winter treats my little ladies well.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Harvested honey - unplanned

So there were several combs that fell off of their top bars when the hives toppled. I had put them in the top box so the bees could clean up the honey (the empty feeder boxes) but then I took them out and harvested 2 1/2 quarts of honey from about 5 broken pieces of comb.

I refilled the feeders today and am hoping the bees can get enough honey for the winter - but now there are spaces in the boxes where the combs broke off - that's not good. Harder to keep warm in the winter as well as climb from one comb to the other for honey and I don't know if some of the combs are squished against each other and therefore there isn't "bee space" for them to move up and down. But I am not taking the hives apart again. They'll just have to do this on their own.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Yikes tornados

Sept 20 2018
Apparently two tornados went through when we were gone this evening and both of my hives were toppled.
Angry bees.
In the wet darkness, Mark and I put the boxes back together.

Friday Sept 21
After work, I got the smoker going and took the comb out of the feeder boxes to bring in and process. Then I replaced the feeder jars in the top empty box, put new sawdust in the quilt boxes and reassembled them.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday September 16 2018 - feeders on

Today I smoked the hives, put the mouse guards on and put feeder jars on each hive.
But when I removed the top cloth to place the cloth with the hole (which goes under the jars), the propolis had nearly sealed the top bars completely. So not sure how much they will go up to the feeders. Meanwhile they've gone crazy on the hummingbird feeders and on these flowers in my ravine - I don't know what this plant is.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Bearding on the hives

It's been hot and here are shots of my hives this evening:
my large hive - the overwintered hive:

my small hive from the new package:

here's a link to a good article on Bearding:


http://countryrubes.com/template/images/The_Phenomenon_of_Bee_Bearding2_8_17_10.pdf

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: