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Old 06-12-2013, 07:42 AM   #26
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They have shade mousehound. Each hive has a piece of corugated sheet iron on top of it. We're thinking maybe we should put a layer of bricks under the sheet iron to help with that heat problem, but haven't done anything with it yet. We don't have any bricks!

Booger, we're doing our best to keep these bees cool. The wedges I pushed under each top sooper yesterday seem to be working out very well. We're going to suit up this morning and fire up the smoker and go see what's what. There's still a good nectar flow going on and they should be putting up some honey. We shall see what we shall see...
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Yesterday we stopped by the beeman's house to get some chaste tree starts and talk bees One of the things we wanted to discuss is how to prepare for next springs splits with the 'new' hive bodies being foundationless and attached to the landing boards. We've decided to add a hive body to the existing one and 'grow' the split. Next spring we'll remove that body and start a new hive with it. It should have brood by then and which ever hive doesn't have a queen will make one.

We added 3 new hive bodies to the strongest existing hives. Those hive bodies had to weigh 60-70 pounds! They were chock full of comb, brood and bees. I don't think it will take very long for the bees to begin moving into the new space. While we were at it we took 3 frames from one of the hives that was already well into filling up a second super.
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Don't I look cute in my bee suit^^^
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:08 PM   #29
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They have shade mousehound. Each hive has a piece of corugated sheet iron on top of it. We're thinking maybe we should put a layer of bricks under the sheet iron to help with that heat problem, but haven't done anything with it yet. We don't have any bricks!
IMO the sheet iron and bricks are going to work like an oven on those hives. That's why I was thinking of a cloth shade source. If nothing else, use blocks (chunks) of wood instead of your planned bricks to increase the ventilation under the sheet iron.

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BTW, your comb honey looks great!
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:53 PM   #31
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:06 PM   #32
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Here is a good read about how bees control the destiny of larva through incubation temperature.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wil...-revealed.html

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The secret of honey bees' success has been discovered living deep inside their hives - a special type of bee which acts like a living radiator, warming the nest and controlling the colony's complex social structure.

The "heater bees" have been found to play a crucial, and previously unappreciated, role in the survival of honey bee colonies.

Using new technology that allows sceintists to see the temperature inside the bee hives, researchers have been able to see how heater bees use their own bodies to provide a unique form of central heating within a hive.

They have found that these specialised bees, whose body temperatures are considerably higher than other bees in the colony, not only keep the hive warm but also control the social make-up within a colony.
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Our hives have made it through the winter in great shape! We're delighted!

Our project involving transferring them from fixed frame hive bodies to removeable frame hive bodies continues. We now have the landing boards off the old nukes and they are positioned on top of a combed super and a standard nuke. When then new brood hatches we'll smoke the bees out of the old hive body into the new hive body (nuke) and remove the old nuke. That nuke will be set aside uncovered and the bees will salvage whatever they can from it cleaning up the excess honey as they go. At that point we will take over and salvage any useable comb from the fixed frames and attach it to new frames in nukes that will be used to capture swarms and start new hives. Isn't this fun?

Here is a picture of one of the fixed frame nukes with the landing board removed. Its a good strong hive that still has plenty of stored honey and a good queen.
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Today we did a thorough inventory and I made a trip to the bee supply. We are all set for making splits (collecting swarms) from all our hives.

Swarm season has begun and CJT spent time this afternoon trying to collect the first one they had. It was a bust. It was really warm (80) today and very windy. Her swarm went straight to the top of a tall tree. They tried to get them by lifting CJT's DH in the bucket of the tractor and using a pole saw.... take a moment and get that image in your head She says all they managed to do was make them mad. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the bees will come down closer to the ground this evening.
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We split two hives today and upset a third. We're pushing that third one into a standard hive body and they are NOT happy about it. In fact, NOBODY'S happy about our meddling today. Oh well...
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The splitting/getting hives out of old hive bodies and into 'modern' nuks continues. It isn't pretty:
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #38
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It looks like a messy, stingy job.
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It was messy! But the bees were fine. Max didn't get stung at all and I got one little sting through my leather glove (how did that happen??) We are fortunate that we get to observe our hives easily from my dad's living room window. By the end of the day we realized there was a cluster of bees around a specific section of comb and realized they were taking care of a queen cell. So I suited up again and did some creative hive splitting and moved that section along with some brood comb and honey to another hive body. Its a weak hive at best but if it works out we'll have a 7th hive. If it doesn't work out we'll let the other hives scavenge the comb and honey so nothing is lost. I also sorted through the comb we removed while splitting the other hives and we've got a 5 gal bucket with honey and comb waiting for extraction. Of course we had to taste it and its SOOOO good!!
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The process continues and with it comes some comb gathering and clean up. We spent time this morning extracting loose comb. Looks like we'll end up with 5 or 6 pints. We'll melt down the comb for beeswax and feed the honey water from that process back to the bees. Nothing is wasted
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This wax still has some refining to be done before its finished but I thought you'd like to see whats happening
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Bee-utiful!! Beekeeping is something I eventually want to try my hand at so I'm always interested in what you've got going on with your hives BG.
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It's the most wonderful hobby! I sure hope you have a chance to Bee Charming
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That 3rd pic in post 37 looks so DARK almost yucky looking LOL Makes me wonder how they get the "pretty" honey comb they sell in stores


By the way can I buy a jar of honey?
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bg, I was wondering the same thing, that comb in the 3rd pic is so dark is there something wrong going on there?

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The color of honey depends on the plants the bees are gathering nectar and pollen from. Some honeys are incredibly pale almost like barely tinted water. If the beekeeper is feeding his bees sugar and water the honey will also be very pale. In the spring, honey tends to be very thin but thickens with evaporation as the season moves on. This honey is a combination of honey that came through the winter and spring honey. It is also made from tree flowers (oak, maple, cedar, black cherry) which tends to be a little darker. Honey that we'll harvest from this years supers should be quite a bit lighter.

I wish I could send you all a sample of this. It's like fine wine, unique and aromatic....delicious!
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As a side note: We know a fellow who trapped out some bees. Their honey tasted odd so he followed them to where they were feeding. Someone had dumped soda syrup and the honey tasted like Dr Pepper! Another interesting example of unusual honey is the one where the beekeeper found BLUE honey in his comb. His bees had found a source at the M&M plant and were cleaning out the barrels that had the blue dye for M&M's! (yuck)


I'm so grateful that our bees are too far away from anything like that! I'd rather eat wildflower and woodsy honey any day than 'city' honey.
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