Monday, May 26, 2014
Caught in the Rain
I needed to go check the hive I have at the orchard down the road today. I finished up all the bee work I had to do to the North so I figured I would do the South part today and finish checking all my traps that way as well.
First thing I did was look at the hourly forecast for the day and they were still saying evening thunderstorms... Check.
Then I looked at the current radar both past and future to see if any cells were forming. Nothing on radar to worry about....Check
I drove in, fired up the smoker and got it going, put on my jacket and started taking the hive apart. This particular hive is about 11 months old and it obviously had been BEEEE-ZY they had filled the entire honey super I left on them for Winter and had most of the frames of their brood chamber drawn out now as well. They got a new Brood chamber to begin working on.
I captured this swarm last year about a week after the one I added the brood chamber too the other day. I have actually kinda wondered if they were after swarms from the same hive. They seemed to build up at about the same rate although the other hive was quite a bit meaner. They were also incredibly small swarms last year. I captured each of them in a five frame Nuc box rather than a swarm trap so they were both extremely small swarms but are building up well.
So I had just determined they needed a new box and went and got one out of my truck when all of a sudden the sky opened up in a deluge. Rain was pouring into the open hive so I just threw the new box on then the honey super and closed the hive up. I never got a chance to check for swarm cups or look much beyond how much comb they had.
Now I am going to have to make another trip.
Still no hint of a swarm anywhere. I haven't even heard a rumor of one nearby this year yet. I am still thinking our swarm period has been pushed back about two weeks to a month or so. Winter was just too cold to recover from as quickly as usual.
The rain even made garden weeding impossible. When I got back home I could see a massive front coming in and I just managed to get the sheep moved from the grazing field to the barn before it hit. We got over an inch of rain in about 10 minutes. My bet is we are up to over 2 inches for the day so far.
I would of course complain but we needed it so bad and I prayed for it so much it would make me seem ungrateful.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!