We gave the bees more food (sugar water) yesterday and found a whole bunch of baby bees (BaBees). BaBees looks just like the adults except are miniature and fuzzy! Tried to get a picture of them but it didn't turn out. Last year we rearranged the hives around to make sure that the bees had honey in the center of the hive because they start in the center and work their way out over the winter. We're not going to do that this year for a couple of reasons - #1 being that they free-combed in some of the areas that we had missing frames so that can't be moved anyway & #2 being that our bees absconded - so we're going to let them do their own thing this year and hope for the best!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
We started feeding the Bees for the winter a couple weeks ago. This time of year it's hard for them to find any pollen from blooming plants so they need some supplemental feedings. We use big jars and put sugar water in them. There are holes drilled into the lid and the whole jar gets placed upside down onto a couple strips of wood to create a big feeder. This gets put into the uppermost section of the hive, above the frames of comb.
|Found some free-formed comb!|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Centrifugal force from manually spinning the frame pulls the honey out of the wax comb|