Sunday, April 29, 2012

We did work the hives despite the cold day

Well the max temp was only 58deg, and a cold wind, not ideal, BUT we had an issue which we had to fix.

The Swarm hive only had drone brood in the hive, meaning we had a bad queen... she was infertile.

Drone Brood is layed when the queen lays an egg that is NOT fertilized.
Drone brood is identified by the Bullet like tops.

Thus we had to fix this issue or the hive would have died out. 
Two options at this time - buy a Queen for $25
The option we chose - adding a frame of brood from the other hive which was working well,
To be successful you must choose a frame that has eggs as well as new larvae, his way the bees will create a new queen from an egg that is less that 3 days old.

Will check this frame in 4 days time, they should have a queen cell capped by then.

Ask questions via comments or email if you are not sure about what we did or how it will work.

Our manuals should go to printers within the next week.....yahooo!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Installing our Package of bees

Bee..n a little buzzzy with bees and Scuba and family, and not got to update the blog until today.

WORK: Check on bees Saturday 28th April  3pm  (Weather permitting)  should take no more than 20-30 minutes of actual time, plus questions and answers if you have any.

Our installation of the pkg of bees Sponsored by Tates Apiaries from Winston Salem  went very well. Larry Tate was a Boy Scout many years ago, and was happy to help us. The Queen we have is from Wayne's bees, a local Hygienic bee race. Wayne Rich kept bees in our area and had two hives that he never treated and these survived all the issues of the recent years. Wayne passed away a few years back and Wally Swaims and Larry Tate are keeping these genetics going. These bees will fight the Verroa Mites and Small Hive Beatles inside the hive, keeping the hive strong.

In the end most of the scouts in the Project were able to come last Saturday, which is pretty awesome. A number of people also invited friends and family and we had about 14 people in all. I had forgotten it was the Guilford County Bee club's open day , so none of our mentors were able to come, but it all went down without a hitch.

Allen with 15,000 bees

Jack opening the hive

Dylan helping move a frame

Sugar can feeder and the Queen cage

Queen cage with cork removed

hanging the queen cage

Bunch of bees

Harrison helping me close up the hive with a little smoke

Sugar feeder on top of hive top
We went through some theory with the boys, passed the pkg around for people to feel 3lbs of bees, some 15,000 of them, and then without much ado and a little sugar spray, opened the pkg, showed everyone the Queen in her cage and shook out the bees into the 8 frame hive.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Installing our package of bees

This coming Saturday 14 April we will install our new package of bees, lets keep the same time of 2pm

UNLESS the weather is bad, in which case we will do what we have to (if bad weather call me) ..... Am picking up the bees most likely early that Saturday.

I would like the Scouts (and leaders) to read the section on installing a pkg of bees, will attach it on tabs in next few days , as it is one section of our book still not complete ??? :-)           so will be take  a day or so
You all will have to do the work this time, so please read the section....

If you cannot be there, please email me your  preferences to work bees, all boys need some hands on, AND, we need to decide on some teams......will have a THIRD hive soon too, another Local beekeeper, who is a former boy scout  has offered more bees.

We have the hive woodenware, so will go ahead. We will just need to get some more frames and foundation .

...but in the mean time we need an hour in the Barn to wire and put foundation into more of our frames for our own hives we already have committed to.

Lets have some feedback from our Scouts and Parents on how you think this project is working??

Beekeepers in the Piedmont announced this week the Tulip Poplars have started to flower, this is HUGE news in our region, it is 3 weeks early, and a massively important nectar flow for our bees. we will see big growth in all hives in next 6 weeks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pics from the Bee Day

So I forgot I never posted the few pics I have for you all to see them....

Tonight I received a bunch more , so perfect time to post a bunch of pics

A short show and tell at my hives
See bees are calm away from the hive
WOW, this is so cool
Brood frame with nurse bees
Explaining about foundation and frames

Little smoke, so we can work the hive safely