Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good work day in the wind

My fault that I did not get the message out, but a few turned out and we got plenty done on Saturday afternoon despite the 35 MPH winds outside.

All hive parts are painted with second coat, Thanks Allen and Rob.

We wired at least 40 of the 70 frames, and have wax foundation in the first 8 frame super.....thanks Dylan and Harrison ..... that gives us enough to put one hive together if a swarm is caught in near future.

Next work day :

March 11, Sunday at 2pm

We will have 30 minutes of Theory, build a hive stand , continue to put wax foundation in frames and also visit the site of the hives on the farm. Watch the site for details on Theory section..

Boys need to vote on  POLL  (Top Right side of page)--- if they want to paint hives with designs or colors too.......


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Do bee hives have to be plain ?

So we now have all our wooden ware completely assembled, after a nice adult turnout weekend before last. Our only Scout was Wesley on his 16th birthday too, he showed some of the adults how to make frames in the jig.

We finished the rest of the frames, did a demo of how to wire in foundation despite the cold, the wax shattered with one small tap of the hammer.  We decided that it was too cold to realistically paint , as it was below freezing outside. So will catch up on painting on our next workday. It will NOT be on March 17, as I have to go to Scout Master Training that weekend now. I need to choose another date , so please check back.

We will also do an hour of book work next time, I will prep the lesson and it will on the tabs again. Hopefully by then I will have a quote on getting the books published.

So looking at our nice looking pale yellow hives, and I wondered if we have to keep them so plain, so looked up hive art.....

Some ideas

Could just be multi colored ??
Easy enough to do with some cans of spray paint


So , up to you guys ...... let me know and I will provide supplies to do something artful.....

We could have a nice looking Apiary from the road.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

This weekend Feb 12 - we will still meet 2pm

So many boys are going skiing, BUT, we still have work and some people staying behind, so we will still go ahead and do some work, as our bees arrive 2nd week of April and we could get a swarm as early as second week of March.

Sunday is going to be VERY VERY cold,  Dress accordingly please and remember we will be painting.

Any and all scouts (plus parents) welcome......even if not part of project and curious about what we are up to.... no bees will be harmed this weekend as too cold.

We will paint, build more frames and also start doing some wiring and wax foundation mounting, as so many boys will be missing, we wont do any theory this week, just hardware.

I will arrange the workshop so we have more space and the heater will be working.