IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
With the sun out today it was actually quite pleasant in the beehouse. BONUS! 7 out of 8 alive! Actually popped the tops today... Everyone but one was right at the inner cover. (Remember for me that means they're through 2 deeps and one supper).
So... Out with the emergency feeding! Most of the colonies were right under the inner cover hole. In these cases I take scoops of their own crystallized honey which I saved from last fall... place it on a paper plate... And place it near the hole.. And put some in and around the hole. Then I put on a super box with no frames to create a space, then outer cover. They were very anxious to have it... every one was feeding.
There were two colonies that were off to the side. For these I put the paper plate and honey right on top of the frames and put a 1" spacer, then the inner cover and outer cover. I did that to get the food closer.
After honey harvest... I take all the very waxy cleanup honey and reserve a bucket of it for just this reason.
Of coarse I didn't pull any frames. Even though I see bees, it doesn't mean they are viable colonies. No queen.. No hive. Won't know that until I get my first inspection...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The OVERALL I get from this article is.... CITIES ARE GOING TO HAVE BEES - WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE AN ORDINANCE! Bees don't stop foraging at the city limit. Better to keep GOOD bees than encourage the habitation of BAD bees.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
...i think i might TRY one of these. my ORIGINAL bees came in the mail from bee weaver texas...and i had REALLY good luck with them. the first package arrived (wet) and dead...and they shipped out a replacement package - no problem.
...trust me - YOU WILL GET A PHONE CALL IMMEDIATELY from your postmaster when they arrive!
(looks like they're offering some free shipping on things too if you hit the dollar amount - an anniversary type offer...)
Saturday, February 8, 2014
You can see that now there's a website tracking the "progress" of the parasatizing fly. It's my understanding that the first notice of this parasite goes back to 2008 ish? One of the "symptoms" the bee expresses - it leaves the hive at night and "heads to the light" (literally). Dead honeybees can be found dead on the ground under the outside light the next morning. Some of the earlier things I read seemed to indicate that the honeybee was not this fly's first choice of host - it actually was a problem for bumblebees. But with the decline in bumblebees and other native pollinators....it's jumped ship.
ok - I know what you're thinking. Won't survive THIS Wisconsin winter. so - Where do your packages come from this spring? (every spring?). This is yet another "issue" with the commercial movement of bees....I think this is just the beginning.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Beekeepers - it is ever more apparent and IMPERATIVE that you help the bees keep "environmental buildup" out of the hive. If you don't already - have AN EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PROGRAM in place. Wax is absorptive. CYCLE OUT OLD FRAMES (the wax) in an annual rotation. 1/4 to 1/3 of the wax - every year! Move "less used" honey storage frames in from the sides...to replace brood frames.
This brings a whole new meaning and purpose to SPRING CLEANING....the perfect time when clusters are small - to do some rearranging.
Remember what the bee inspector says, "THE HEALTHIEST HIVES I SEE ARE NEW PACKAGES ON NEW EQUIPMENT."