Saturday, June 21, 2014

After Vacation Checks...

Returned from vacation to discover all is well with the hives. The new queens from Broke-T were out of their cages and both nucs had good numbers. I'm thinking about going ahead and re-queening the red hive as the queen isn't laying that great of a pattern and the blue hive to cool them down a bit as the are a little aggressive. I've reached out to see where I can get a couple of queens from so that will be the deciding factor I guess. Everything else looked good.

Friday, June 13, 2014

New Queens Round 3...

I received 2 queens yesterday from Broke-T from Mississippi. The rain has been keeping up so I couldn't find time to get a split done until this morning. I pulled a split from the white hive for the Lexi nuc and from the blue hive for the Cassie nuc. By the time I was ready to put the queens in late this evening most of the bees from the Cassie nuc returned but those in the Lexi nuc stayed it looks. After installing the queens I added a box to the top of the Cassie nuc with newspaper in between and added a cup or so of bees from the blue hive to it. Hopefully they stay. The Cassie nuc only has about half a frame of bees before I added more but there's 2 frames full of capped brood. Hopefully it emerges soon to boost numbers. Hopefully the added bees stay also and accept the new queen.

Also wanted to note the blue hive was a bit testy today. I was in the brood nest so I can't really blame them but if it continues when I pull honey at the end of this month I many consider re-queening them. Mostly they've been passive but today was different. I can't blame them though as I was tearing their home apart. Like I said I will evaluate how they are when I pull honey then decide what I'm going to do with them. They've been great bees but if they're turning hot they'll have to go.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday checks...

Checked all the hives today and all looked good. The swarm I got from louisa has a great pattern but they are building comb strangely on 2 frames I saw. We'll see if it continues or they fill the strip they've built out. Built another stand and transferred all of the nucs to full size hives except the CiCi nuc. I added another nuc box to it and added 2 frames of bees and capped brood to them with a sheet of newspaper in between to boost their numbers.