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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pollen patty time

It's March 6, 2018 and there was a snowstorm yesterday while we were out of town. I took the top off of the hive and pulled back the cloth long enough to put on one pollen patty and two squares of sugar candy.
There were active bees under the cloth and some were bold enough to venture out but I doubt they managed to maneuver back into the safety and warmth of the hive.
Spring is on its way.
I put the cork in the escape hole of the small hive and will disassemble it when it warms up - before pests can get into the honey comb.