Long time no blog

I’ve been busy enjoying summer and starting the school year. I’ve mostly been letting the bees be bees and leaving them to their thing. At the begining of September they only had 2 bars of nectar and no capped honey except for a little bit in the honey crown of brood combs. So I started feeding them and they have been building comb like gang busters and storing away the syrup and hopefully some real food from plants. They are still foraging pretty heavily.

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There have been yellow jackets and ants hanging out under the hive. My guess is there is some syrup dripping though the screened bottom board and onto the pavers below the hive. Today I decided to try putting the feed jars inside of a silicone baking dish that I don’t use anyway. I set my two scraps of wood in the dish then my upsidown jars with holes poked in the lid on top of that. Hopefully this doesn’t end with a lot of drowned bees.

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Fall Bees

I went in to check out my bees yesterday. I wanted to see how they where doing for honey stores. Saddly they really don’t have a whole lot stored and I was forced to decide on feeding them. I really would prefer not to feed them, and I would never take all their honey and leave them with only sugar water. However, given the choice of feed or let them starve this winter I choose feed. I gave them a pint mason jar of feed since the quart jar did not fit and they drank most of it by nightfall. For feeding I punch holes in the mason jar lid and set it upside-down on scraps of wood at the back of the hive. Next time they’re getting two jars.

I also saw my queen for the first time ever. I didn’t have my camera, but Jake got two very blurry cell phone pics to commemorate the event. She was missing the blue dot on the back of her head, so I’m not sure if she is the same queen I put in or not. I wonder if its possible that the bees already had made their own queen who did away with the queen I gave them. Either way, there is a queen and that makes me happy.

The bees have decided that the birdbath is a good place to get drinks. (In fairness there is no real way to tell if these are my bees or bees from somewhere else. They did fly back in the direction of my hive)

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