Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day Inspection...

Did a quick inspection on everything today before a others day party. Most things were good. Boy the locust sure are blooming and there's a heck of a flow on right now here.

Orange Nuc...
Still little bees and eggs. Added a frame of eggs/brood/bees from the blue hive to give them a boost. 

Lexi Nuc - Purple Hive...
They filled the top nuc box so I moved them into a full size box. All 10 frames were packed full of bees brood or nectar so I added another box on top with 5 frames of drawn comb and 5 frames of foundation. Everything else looked great. Nice bees these are turning into although I didn't like the 4-5 queen cups they built on the bottom of one frame. All were empty so I hope it was just because they needed some room.

Kenny Nuc...
I swear this nuc is cursed. I opened it up today and there's lots of bees but no queen cell or eggs. Just a little brood left to hatch from the frames I started them with. I took a frame of eggs and nurse bees out of the Ceirra Nuc and hopefully they'll get it right this time. 

Ceirra Nuc...
Looks good. They haven't filled the top box as fast as the Lexi Nuc but if the flow continues they will be ready for a full size hive this weekend. 

Cassie Nuc...
They have a nice dark carni queen and she's a laying machine. I'll have to keep a close eye on this one to make sure I keep up with them. They should be ready for another box also this weekend. 

Blue Hive...
Looks good. Nice amount of bees and stores. There were a couple of head butters but after a little smoke it ended. I didn't have time to swap boxes but will this weekend and add the deep super back to them.

Stained Hive...
Full of drones, bees, and nectar. I pulled a few frames and noticed a couple queen cells that had been chewed open. I also found another that was closed. I didn't see a queen or eggs and I'm guessing they don't have one yet. I'll check it again this weekend to see. 

White Hive...
Same as always... Just great! I'm guessing I'll get 5-6 supers of honey from this hive alone this year. They'll more than likely need another super this weekend as they have already started to cap the center frames. Just chock a block full of honey and nectar.

Swarm...
I'm almost certain the swarm in the tree is the same. I guess the queen is lame or can't fly. They are still on the tree branch higher up from before. No way to get them down so I guess that's their new home. Hope the cold temps aren't too much for them out in the open like that. It's been really breezy at night and a chance of frost tomorrow night.

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there!

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