Tuesday, April 21, 2015
One Hive is Doing Well and Little Peaches
This is one of my younger hives from last year. Henricopolis which was one of the few swarms I actually caught hanging on a branch right after it came out of the hive last year, I ended up missing most of my own swarms last season. It was a swarm from Jamestown on June 4th, 2014 and did well building up.
Last week when we got a few days where the temps climbed into the 80's I noticed it was already bearding a bit. That means it's full of bees and brood and will be the first one I check next time I have a good day for Spring inspections. I am sure it needs a new brood chamber added and I would lay money on the fact that it has swarm cells already capped which will be perfect for some early year splits.
I've currently got five hives in the garden apiary and that is about four too many but it has just been too wet to move them. I have two new spots already picked out and prepped for new hives but I can't get into them without risking getting stuck. The Garden apiary is reserved for new hives and problem hives that need close observation and if there are too many strong hives nearby they end up robbing the weaker ones.
Oh well at least I made some good progress on the fence project today. I hung the walk in gate and got two more gate posts dug and set and even managed to set the first five steel posts for the woven wire section and attached the entire thing to the side of the barn. As long as the rain cooperates it looks like I am right on schedule to get this finished by early next week which will be just in time to put our new Ram into the temporary paddock until I can switch to the East side of the barn and get the two new Ram paddocks finished. It will also be just about the right timing to let the ewes out with the new lambs to take care of mowing that area.
The Peach trees are positively loaded with little green Peaches, which makes sense cause they can't have little green Apples can they? This is the largest number of early baby Peaches I can remember seeing but we will see how many make it. Between the late freezes, hard rains, hail and high winds we usually lose most of them before June hits.
I really miss not having my big tilled garden sitting there looking at me this year but this fencing project takes priority right now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!