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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Have you noticed the lack of bee talk?

I have to admit I’m a bit scared to open up my hive and see how things are going. The timing seems to make me think that I squished my queen durring an inspection, and I’m afraid it will happen again. I need to suck it up and have a look in to see how things are going. The weather for Tuesday says sunny and a high of 74 which sounds like a good day to look in. Hopefully I will see lots of brood and eggs and some new comb.

Rain, Rain, Rain

I’m sitting on my hands waiting for the weather to warm up and dry out enough to check on the bees. I’m anxious to see if the queen is laying so I can make sure that there will be plenty of bees hatching out in a few weeks. It looks like Friday will be the best day for me to go in and check.

Back to the school work. Three weeks left till the end of the semester.

First Inspection

I went in for a look at the bees today. I was pretty nervouse so I didn’t do a very good job taking pictures. They hadn’t let the queen out yet so there weren’t any eggs to look for. They had started work on the first 3 bars. I started to brush the bees off one of the bars, but the wax was pretty soft so I stopped before I got them all off. They havn’t been eatting much syrup. There where two one pint mason jars in there and there was maybe an inch or so of air at the top. There was some nector/syrup stored in the comb and some pollen. I called it good enough when I saw that. I popped the cork out of the queen cage and set it back inside so she can walk out on her own.

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the comb the built was nice and straight too.