Just an update on the most recent hive find, I will share more later!
Here is a recently finished video of our movement bees from the nuc to regular hive.
Here are beekeeper terms that were used in this video:
- Bearding is a term referring to bees accumulating at the front of the hive, in a beard-like shape. Bees do this to make room inside the hive for added ventilation on a hot and humid day.
- Frame is a piece of equipment made of either wood or plastic designed to hold the honey comb.
- Hive tool is a metal device used to open hives, pry frames apart, and scrape wax and propolis from the hive parts.
- Nucleus is a hive of bees which consists of fewer frames than a typical hive and may be smaller in size. A nucleus usually consists of two to five frames of comb and used primarily for starting new colonies or rearing or storing queens; also called and commonly referred to a nuc.
- Smoker is a device in which materials are slowly burned to produce smoke (not flames) which is used to subdue bees. It is important to use a material that produces a cool smoke as not to harm the bees.
- Queen is a female bee with a fully developed reproductive system, and she is larger and longer than a worker bee.
Here is some video of bees bearding. This is often confused with a “swarm”. The bees are trying to stay cool outside the hive. This is a new nuc that I have not moved to my box because I wanted them to get very strong.
Picked up some new nucs early this morning from the bee farm.
My current two hive fizzed out. In part due to size and I can see that there were some wax moths left from a previous year. Even though I inspected and froze my frames. They were persistent. Below is a collage of my new bees
I will keep you posted on my updates. This nuc is very strong. They couldn’t wait to get home. A few stragglers flew around my car on the ride back from Howard County.
Bee Safe! Michelle
It’s almost June and the hard work of the spring is paying off. Here are some shots of my pollinator-friendly plants.
I thought I would start sharing the progress of the garden as well as the bees.
The hive continues to live even though it’s small. The recent pollen should help them to grow over the next few weeks. I will keep posting…
This has been a challenging time. Went to visit a hive today and found less than 20 bees.
The recent rains has not helped this hive and I may have to pickup a new package. Thus, one of the plights of modern beekeeping is the constant cycle of issues.
Bee Safe! Michelle