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.