Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Well we did work the bees last weekend......

But no Scouts showed up , except Dylan. We at least had two leaders who both have hives, and Rob one of our mentors, so we made it a teaching moment anyway, and worked the bees , we looked at the problem hive and they are still an issue, workers laying is the opinion of Rob. They were also rather testy and gave us a hard time, had to put a veil on. I made a rather basic mistake when I last checked the hive after putting a brood frame into the hive 3 weeks ago, when I checked after 2 weeks I saw good laying pattern, but of course that was the same frame that they had just capped. 2 weeks is Not enough time for a queen to be made and to start laying, so my bad. So I will need to make a plan this weekend before camping. We then put a honey super on the pkg hive which was so much gentler, and no issues at all, very nice brood patterns, eggs, larvae and capped cells across many frames, the bees have been working hard and all 8 frames were drawn out, other than one half gallon of feed they have been free ranging. Looking good for a few frames of honey for the scouts. We also gave The Burns hive an inspection, and added a honey super on it too. One thing we found is that the hive has spacers and only had 9 frames in the deep, so they had drawn some funky wide comb, we will fix later in the season. We did not notice this previously as we were focussed on the queen issue. So I ask you all to please let me know when it is a bee day if you are not coming, this is about you scouts learning about bees, not me. The book goes to the Publisher tomorrow , so we will have a Beekeeping manual by the time we next meet. Anyone wanting bee experience any time , let me know, and if I am home and the weather cooperates , we can work bees, I am enjoying the education part of this program.

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