Monday, November 28, 2011

Use the brush... Get the sting!

Seems the weather is deciding it's time to be normal for the next 10 days so I took advantage of todays 65 degree weather to steal some honey and do look in inspections. All the hives were storing honey and even the orange and blue hive had some capped stores. I didn't pull any frames but from looking in I think everything is all set for the winter. I took 2 medium supers from the white hive and placed one on the blue hive and one on the orange hive. Hopefully with this and what they have stored already they'll be fine. I do plan to make and add some candy boards before January to at least the orange and blue hives. I probably should have done it already but haven't had the time to get around to it. With this silly weather I'm sure I'll get a warm day between now and mid winter to get them added. I'll keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly. Making the candy boards looks like fun. I'll make sure to share it here with a video or at least some photos.

The stings... Took 2 (one in the hand and one in the fore head) while using the bee brush to get them off the frames of honey I stole from the white hive. They really don't like the bee brush and I try not to use it if I don't have to. I was actually surprised I didn't get more but they waited until I had only 2 out of the 20 frames left to show me their displeasure. I think that brings the sting count up to a total of 5 for the year. Not bad considering I don't wear the jacket/suit/gloves. I'll buy some escape boards and bee-go over the winter so I don't have to run them off the honey next year frame by frame with the brush.

Oh... I also reduced all the entrances to the smallest hole for winter. I'm not planning to use the bottom inserts unless we get some really cold and windy days. I'm going to hit up a few of the guys I go to for advice though and see what they say. I'm thinking I may go ahead and add them to the orange and blue hive just because they aren't as strong as the other 2 hives. Better safe than sorry I guess and I'd like both of these to be around next spring. They haven't been doing as good as the Italians and Carniolans but the coloring on these 2 strains makes me want to keep them around.