Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adding Deeps

Mr. Ellis came over Tuesday afternoon and we did a little bee work. 
Tonight and tomorrow night we have the possibility of frost so glad we got this done before this cold snap. 
Hive #6 - added deep
Hive #4 - added super
Nuc #3 - added deep
Nuc #1 - added super
Nuc #4 - no change
Swarm Hive - no change
Now I have two deeps on each hive.  The bees should fill each deep this spring and with one super they should be fine for the winter.  So that means I'll have lots of honey too.
Saw lots of fat drones which is a good sign at this time of year.  The hives looked good - I need new tops for two hives.  Ants in one hive - didn't see any hive beetles.  I thought we would see lots of queen cells but not the case but did find one good queen cell for Mr. Ellis to take home.  Nuc #4 and Swarm Hive will be checked again in a couple of weeks.