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.