Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This is what bees look like when you drop a frame and they want to get back home - didn't seem to bother them a bit. They were a little rattled but went on about their business. No - I didn't get stung. My other hives are good natured - this one seems to be the same.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
These girls were sitting on the porch ready to go this morning - just waiting for it to warm up a couple of degrees. It's been in the low 50's for a couple of mornings. This is hive #4.
I'm ready for warm weather too!
P.S. - In looking back at my other posts, these nuc photos all look the same - trust me, they're not. Sometimes all the bees look the same - trust me, they're not.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Check out this story about bees at Wake Tech Community College.
Don't know why they're hanging around over there - they're already pretty doggone smart.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The visual is so much better than looking in the catalog. Lots of great ideas and new plants to see.
Tony Avent is a gracious host and the staff are most helpful.
I wanted agave plants - the common term is century plants. Found more than one!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
From Hive #6, we took 3 brood frames and 2 frames from a super - the bees will probably make a mess with the frames from the supers but they had several queen cells on them. I'll deal with that situation later.
From Hive #4, we took 2 brood frames and 2 brood frames from Hive #1 and used a frame I had from last year.
Shook bees from super frames in both nucs - want to give them all the help I can. Also, I'm feeding both nucs - it's not necessary at this time of year but it makes me feel better. And in checking today, they have taken some sugar syrup.
They're working and I see activity in and out. I'll look over the weekend.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Well, it could be a swarm except after looking and checking - it seems she has a hive of bees inside her house. Now she has checked in the attic several times and no bees so they're somewhere between the bricks and the attic wall.
This is a large hive of bees, lots and lots of bees. In checking in the late afternoon and early morning, you can see where they're going in and out. There's a small crack between the brickwork and it looks like they have a route all set up. They seem pretty happy up there. Even had Steve, the neighbor beekeeper, come over and take a look. We really thought it was a swarm and he'd get a free hive - that's what you want - free. But this one isn't free and wouldn't be easy - whew! Don't know what she'll do - getting bees out of a house can be really, really expensive.
So, if you see this on the side of your house - it could be a swarm (that's what you'd hope for) and a beekeeper would come right over to pick those girls up or it could be a hive and now you have a dilemma. I'll keep you posted.
Oh and if they swarm, you can believe I'll be right over.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Check out the website http://www.ncbluebird.com/