Monday, August 5, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Cassie nuc got moved into red hive.
Kenny nuc got another box.
White hive got honey super added that needs to be drawn.
Stained hive needs a honey super and I'll get one on asap.
Blue hive got a empty deep added that needs drawn.
Purple hive got drawn honey super added with drawn comb.
Sorry it's so short but kinda rushed for time today.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I'll get another empty nuc out this week for a swarm trap.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Boy was it hot and muggy today. I don't know what I was thinking but decided to suit up and check the hive. It was steamy in that jacket for sure. Everything looked good but I didn't look check the blue, stained, or white hive except to add a popsicle stick under the top cover for ventilation.
Starting to look good. Lots of bees brood and eggs. Really jumped off after adding some capped brood and bees.
Doing great. Drawing out the top deep super. Hope to get a split out of them in a week or two.
Saw three nice queen cells. Lots of bees and some brood still. Knock on wood but maybe the curse has lifted.
Moved the out of the Ceirra nuc and into a green hive. Theres a ton of bees open brood and stores. Like the other hive there were a couple queen cups at the bottom of one frame. They had built everything out so I'm hoping they just needed some room.
Looks great. Gave them an extra box to build out. They'll be ready for a hive soon.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This morning the swarm was still I place but I figured it would move now that sun was out. They didn't disappoint. This evening when I got home they were gone from their spot and nothing was left behind but a little comb they were building.
I see another swarm about 15-20 feet higher in the tree from the previous. Almost directly above the place the comb was built. This one appears to be a lighter colored bee so I'm guessing its from the white hive. Hard to say for sure since they are so high and no one witnessed which hive they came out of. Anyway.... maybe I will have better luck and this one will end up in my swarm trap. I really need to order some of those swarm traps or put another empty nuc or two around the property. I will make sure I am better prepared in the future.
Alsi seeing the first clover blooms. Can't wait to see fields of it.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Slow. Queen is there and laying but it's she's holding back. Nothing showing they want to replace her but she's not living up to my expectations after making it through winter. After the rains are over I'll add a frame of capped brood from another hive and see if it gets things going. I'm hoping she's slow because there's not enough coming in. They over wintered in a 5 frame nuc so they are pretty tough and I'd like to keep them around. If they aren't significantly better by the end of the month I'll requeen them.
They swarmed again today. I couldn't get to them yesterday and by the time I made it out there today they had swarmed. At least I guess it's the stained hive. It's the only hive with dark bees and there's a volley ball size swarm 30 feet up in a oak tree behind the hives. When I came in this evening they were still there. I'll check in the morning. Maybe I'll get lucky and they will move into the empty nuc I have out there.
The rest of the hives and nucs looked good. I ordered some more gear and when my escape screen and fume board arrive I'll give the hives all a new honey super to fill up.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Pulled a split and 2 honey supers off that were empty so they aren't overwhelmed with space. I set the honey supers out for all the bees to rob and clean up. Noticed some ants at the top but I think it's because there's so much space. Lots of bees but they should have better luck with the ants now that they aren't protecting so much. Everything else looked good as always.
Just a note... This hive had a head butter or two during the inspection. It wasn't persistent but one would but my veil and then bugger off. Maybe 4-5 butters the entire inspection. Just wanted to make a note however as this is my most aggressive hive so far this year as well as last. They are great bees so far besides the couple butters. They've built up really really well.
This hive layed in the honey super so I reversed it to the bottom and removed one of the deep supers. The other I filled with drawn comb and placed on top of the medium. I hope they'll move up and I'll
Took 2 nice full frames of bees and nectar from stained hive as well as a frame of bees and brood that held a nice queen cell at the bottom. I checked these frames quickly for a queen as it was in the 50's but will go over them real well this weekend to make sure I didn't get the queen from the stained hive.
Looked great. Added another box to give them room. Seemed settled and very gentle.
Pulled 3 frames full of bees/honey/brood from the white hive and set this nuc up. I'll make sure this weekend they have a queen cell in the works and that I didn't get the queen from the white hive.
Looked good also. Added another box for room. They are also very gentle.
They aren't very strong for some reason. I did see brood and eggs but no queen. I'll check them again this weekend and see what's up and make sure they have a queen. I'll probably add a frame of brood and bees from the white hive to give them some numbers.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A word of advice to anyone new to beekeeping... DO NOT let someone hang onto your money for more than 45 days. If they have not shipped your bees/queens/boxes/etc ask for a refund until they are shipped. Most banks/cards/paypal have a 90 day limit on making a claim. If you wait you will lose your money. Don't let a bee supplier give you an excuse as to why he/she can't ship your product. This being agriculture is the most used excuse and it's crap. If they can't deliver they can't and shouldn't be able to hold onto or spend your money.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Mann Lake. 6 boxes in total and I got them all together. Still have 100 frames to assemble but those can wait. Will start painting ( red, green, pink, purple, & yellow) the hives tomorrow and they should be ready by the end of the weekend. Pretty pleased with everything. Actually they're probably the nicest hives I have. I do plan to cut a hole in the bottom board and add some screen since the bottom boards are solid.
Hopefully I'll be able to make splits in the next couple of weeks as it looks like spring is arriving this weekend finally. Hopefully I'll have enough mediums until I can order some more. I'll probably take advantage of free shipping again from Mann Lake and buy the medium supers there along with frames and foundation again.
Also reserved 2 deep nucs from a beekeeper in the next county over. Found him on craigslist and he's supposed to let me know when they are ready.