Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Added pollen patties, feeding small hive

April 26, 2016:
I checked my large hive and most of the pollen patties were gone, since it is going to be cold and rainy, I added 1/2 pollen patty to the large hive then put the strap back over it.
The inside activity looks good and plenty of bees, I did not feed it because there is still honey in the hive.

I dug out the dirt under the hive so air could circulate under it better though the wood "shelf" is still under the screened bottom for now.

In regards to the small hive, I smoked it, and put a full pollen patty on it after dividing it into 4 small squares. Then I placed the feeder jars on top 1:1 sugar/water combination.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Added a box to the big hive

Sunday April 10, 2016
We smoked the hive, then hefted top 2 boxes and set them aside..
Then lifted the next two boxes and placed a windowless box on top of the now 6th box.
then I put a strap over the hive so it wouldn't topple in the wind.
I plan to harvest the top box this spring

Fed fondant and pollen to weak/small hive.