Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sea of Carnage



Out with the old and in with the new! Snapped this photo in front of the box for swarm #2. They are doing nicely. It is good to see them cleaning out the old frames with wax remanents and bee carcasses at the curb. The first swarm we captured is doing well too. Able to see some eggs in the comb today! Also happy to report...no swarms in the trees!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lunch


Time to check on the girls and see how their sugar water supply is holding out.  Some of the hives are starting to take less now that the weather has gotten a bit warmer.  All the hives are bringing in pollen, even the two new swarms.  The shot above is from one of the swarm boxes.  We ran out of the unused quart paint cans and in-hive feeders that we use to feed the other hives, so I had to improvise with a mason jar.  It seems to work well and I like that I can see the level of the sugar water without having to swirl the cans.

They like to cling to the cans/jar when we take them out to fill them.  Couldn't resist snapping a shot of this little tag-a-long!




Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Swarm Season


It has been an interesting week!  We have had a total of FIVE swarms this week.  Not sure if they are all from our hives, some for sure, but maybe not five?  After investigating the hives and with the help of a new friend, the swarms have found new homes.  Two with us, three with a friend.   We did find queen cells in two of the hives and have since tried dividing them.  Guess we'll see how it goes?

I've been told due to the cold wet weather we've had so far this spring, it's a "year for swarming." 

You can say that again!!