Drawing wax and building wonky comb. Tuesday, April 27th was my first inspection of Dandelion after installing the package on April 15th. It was cloudy, 52 degrees and probably much too windy to do an inspection normally. Despite the weather, the girls were still bringing in lots of orange pollen. […]
Foundationless Frames Are Working! – Willow Hive Check 4-26-12
My new package is doing a great job drawing out the foundationless frames! This was my first hive check of willow, after installing the package on April 14th and removing the queen cage a few days later. I’ve been so excited to look at this hive, the waiting has been […]
Queen Cage Removal – Squill Hive 4-24-12
Finally removing the queen cage in Squill The last time Brian checked his new hive the queen had not been released yet. The bees were clustered all over the cage and some appeared to be biting the wires. A week later, Brian was wondering if the queen was even still […]
It’s Queen Cage Removal Time!
Removing two queen cages but leaving one. Three to seven days after we installed our bee packages, it was time for Brian and I to peek at the queen cages to see if the queens had been released yet. First, we checked Brian’s hive Squill. Brian slowly lifted the covers […]
Installing Package Bees In Dandelion Hive
Installing Package Bees in Dandelion Hive After installing packages in two rooftop hives, Willow and Squill, Brian and I installed the third package at an outyard location in a backyard nearby. Brian built a hive stand out of cedar for the bees. Isn’t it beautiful! I named this hive Dandelion […]
Bee Package Installation – Don’t Forget The Cork!
Bee Package Installation In Brian’s Rooftop Hive Squill After I installed the bees into Willow, it was Brian’s turn to install his first package of honeybees. It was hard for me to stand back and let him do it, knowing the bees still make him nervous. One piece of advice […]