Friday, October 31, 2008

Sugar water

After 4 days the bees have hardly touched the 2:1 syrup that I put in the hive. I added a 1/2 gal of water to the mix and some more honey b healthy and put some of the new mixture in. They seemed to start taking it as soon as I put it in.

I pulled a couple of frames just to see what was going on in the hive this time of year. The comb that was dark w/ brood is now starting to be filled with syrup for winter stores.

Still bright yellow and grey pollen being brought in.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I think my bees are good for winter

I believe that my bees are good for winter. My mite count today showed 30 mites for 4 days. They have two full deeps drawn and full stores.

It's getting cooler here at night w/ lows in the 30's some nights so I have reduced the entrance to help keep the cluster warmer at night.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

When we went to the beach last week I put the frame of honey that I knock over in the empty supper on top while I was gone. They completely cleaned it out! I'm going to measure cell size since this frame was a foundationless frame, I want to see what my small cells bees built on their own.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Goldenrod and asters are in bloom here and pollen they are bringing in varries from a pretty bright yellow to a darker color of gold.

You can get a good idea of where your brood is located from your sticky board. Looks like the 4th frame from the left is the middle of my brood nest.

When I did a inspection the other day I forgot to bring my beekeeping caddy in the apiary with me so when I pulled out the first frame so I have some working room in the hive I set it next to a statue I had on the table. Bad plan. I should have just stoppedand got the caddy. I whole frame of honey and uncapped nectar fell to the ground. This frame was started from a popsicle stick so it wasn't wired at all. Bummer! I put it in the glass dish my husband was kind enough to get for me after her heard all the colorful words coming from the bee yard.
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