Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sunday Reading - Bee Update
Yes the protests happened but turnout was so light from what I saw they are nothing to take seriously.
Of course the usual suspects, and yes I am profiling, will be using this Trayvon thing as an excuse for whatever they do for years now. Seriously when you think about it why would they riot and attack openly? That would just stir up something I don't think they want to stir.
Ok now on to a warm fuzzy bee update.
A funny thing about late season swarms I have noticed. They are very unpredictable and much more inclined to abscond from a trap or hive box once captured. I am not sure this one will stay but I moved the trap over to a stand and will leave them there for a day. If they are still there Monday I will transfer them to a small nuc box because they are way too small for a full hive right now. They are going to need a lot of syrup love for the rest of the Summer and Fall.
I have my doubts this little ball of bees will build up enough before Winter but since we are getting more rain again today and forecasting more the next few days the excellent foraging should continue. At least they have that going for them.
The second little swarm I caught back in June is also graduating to full hive status this weekend so I have now definitely rebuilt from last years losses. In fact we have now reached growth numbers exceeding that of last years height.
And that means......
I have been building more hives once again. I put together five new brood boxes, modified three more bottom boards so they would take a solid plywood insert and repaired numerous other brood and medium boxes. Today I started painting these new additions and I should finish them up tomorrow. After that I have at least 50 frames to put together all in preparation for continued build up before Winter. I hope the girls all manage to be in at least two drawn and filled brood chambers by October. The modified bottom boards should also keep them from getting so cold. Screened bottoms with plastic were fine for warmer Winters but I don't think they were sufficient for the harsher one we had this last Winter. I am upping my Winter insulating moves for this year.
Live and Learn. Sad it may have accounted for some bee deaths though. The truth is the less insulation the more stores they need so I might as well do all that I can. It really didn't increase costs much to modify my existing bottom boards and any new ones I am making myself so this problem should be solved.
The first swarm of the season has also reached honey production status this week. I placed their second brood box on almost a month ago and added a medium honey super this week. I took a peek inside yesterday and they have already started filling the new box.
This has been a very good year for bees no doubt about that.
It has also been a good year for other bugs as well but more on that later this week.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!