Still growing

He added another “SUPER” to one of the remaining 2 hives this week.  Hopefully the bees will fill each one of those with OUR honey.  The honey that is already produced in the brooder boxes (should be 100 pounds) will be needed for them to survive the winter months.

Super Dee Duper ! ! !

Curt has added a “SUPER” box to the top of the strongest hive yesterday.  I am only sure that it means if we are getting any honey for ourselves and family and friends, it is happening soon !

Definition from Bee Book that I have been quoting:  SUPER – any hive body used for the storage of surplus honey; normally placed over or above the brood chamber

 

 

 

Not much to report here

Balloon

Balloon

 
Balloon

Balloon

There is not a whole lot to report.  Other than he has added the Brooder Chamber to all 3 hives.  He continues to fill the top feeder with the sugar water mixture.   The purpose of this additional hive box is to crowd bees for comb honey production.   He may be adding a “SUPER” to the hive that is thriving the most as early as next week.  The “SUPER” is a hive body used for the storage of surplus honey which is normally placed over or above the Brooder Chamber.
 
Another 1st year bee keeper wants to compare notes on how each person hives are doing.  It will be interesting to see someone else’s take on it.
 
Bee Guardian

Bee Guardian

 

Added a Brooder Box to one hive

brooder box added May 12
Brooder box added May 12

Mr. Curt has added one brooder box to one of the hives today.  This week he observed bees going into the hives with their legs covered in yellow pollen! 

 

QUOTING FROM A BEE MANUAL:

During the 1st 21 days after installation into a hive, a package bee colony experiences about a 35% loss in population.  This loss occurs because new adult workers require 21 days to develop, during which time the older bees of the existing population die.

After this period, the rate of emergence of young workers begins to exceed the rate of death of older bees and the population grows.

About 4 weeks after installation, the population is completed restored. 

Newly hived packaged bees are very susceptible to nosema disease, which often leads to queen supersedure or queenlessness.

About 1 1/2 to 2 months after installation, when the colony requires additional space, you should PLACE ANOTHER HIVE BODY OF FRAMES ON TOP OF THE BROOD CHAMBER, EITHER AS A SUPER FOR SURPLUS HONEY OR FOR BROOD CHAMBER EXPANSION.

Short report

I was away for the weekend so I do not have much to update other than Curt said one of the hives looks a lot weaker than the other two.

Til later . . . . . .

Looking good :)

flowering tree

flowering tree

 
This is the flowering tree that Curt sees bees on during the day, but when I get home, they are gone!
 
The clover that was planted beside the fence is growing!  However, it is too small to take a picture of it.
 
When Curt checked the hives today, he is pretty sure the queens are almost out of the “mini crates”.  About 1/3 of the sugar water mixture in the top feeders was gone, so he refilled them. 

Checked the inside of the hives today

Curt and I are now on the opposite work shifts for the next 4 weeks.  I am asleep when he gets home from work and he is asleep when I wake up in the morning.  : (

So our standard methods of communication are notes on the kitchen counter, phone calls, and text messages.

I received a text message from Curt earlier this afternoon.  It said “Queens are almost out and they are making honey”

On the kitchen counter was a note that said “honey bees working on the plant below the front window”

When I got home from work, it started to rain (imagine that!) so I did not get a chance to go back to check it out. 

Hopefully tomorrow!