Introduction:

BEEKEEPING IN THE NORTHEAST - An account of my beekeeping, not a treatise of expertise, but for friends & family who wish to keep bees vicariously through me, and for the occasional apiarist passer-by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Feed The Bees

June 1st as recorded below

June 5th All bees ate all their syrup

June 8th All bees ate all....

June 11 evening feeding....Cold front coming, Rain. Center 10 frame hive did not touch the syrup. All other hives ate all.

June 17 Sunday - Some swarming type activity at the backyard 10 frame hive but too early for there to be a change over?? All ate all syrup. Beautiful sunny days but cool weather.

June 27th Ten days...but nice weather. All bees ate all....8 frame hives are bubbling up but was seeing them at 8 in the evening last night. One bee landed on me full of pollen...at 8pm! Getting dark about 8:15...sun up about 4:30 but days will get shorter now. Next time I go in I'll add a super.

July 1st - 3.5 days - bees did not seem to touch the syrup. See next post for super tasks done.

I think it rained when the apple blossoms were in bloom so maybe not a good crop this fall. The wildflowers are just now all coming into bloom...all hives bringing in a lot of pollen when they can dodge the raindrops.

They've been at the hummingbird feeder and hanging on the kayak clothing that was not rinsed well from salt water.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Counting Bees & Feeding - June 1, 2012

June 1st 2012 -

Several days of rain predicted so I went out this evening to visit all four hives and filled their feeders. 1 to 1 sugar water with Pro Health essential oils. Did not make the usual bee-tea recipe found in my other posts as there was not time. I found I could heat some water, four cups, and before it boiled combined with four cups white sugar, Domino, and it was cool enough by then to add the essential oils. By the time I took the pitcher out to the hives it was room temp.

Backyard hive downed a 1 quart bag o' syrup in five days since the first fill.

A colony of ants had moved into the top hiding under a piece of wood I used to hold the original box's feed can. Took it out and sent them scurrying. Sorry, anties.

Ferncroft hive 10 frame did not finish 8oz in that time. This hive also did not finish the can that came with the box o' bees.

2 Ferncroft 8 frame hives finished 8oz each.

I suspect I still have the original 10,000 or so bees and that the new bees are beginning to come out of their cells to the count of about 1,000 to 1,500 per day. Soon the original bees will die off then numbers will climb to, I guess, about 60,000 or so. I'm keeping the feeding on until I can judge whether to add a shallow super. I figure this will be in mid June.