Sunday, July 5, 2015
Upgraded Garden Hive Row
We been rain free for a couple of days now but they are forecasting rain every day for the next week starting tomorrow. Go figure. So the rush was on and I needed to get the hives I mentioned yesterday all upgraded with another brood chamber before they started spitting out swarms once again. Also as I mentioned yesterday it was time for the little Nuc swarm I caught to graduate up to a full hive.
Without going into the hives yet I estimated I needed six more brood chambers and 55 frames.
This is where my little wooden carryall really shines and what I originally designed the thing for. Since I built it a few months ago I have used this carry all for everything from transporting grain, square bales, bags of topsoil and cinder blocks to a 200+ pound dead ewe and everything in between. I just backed the 8N up to the bee storage shed and loaded everything I thought I would need putting the frames into the boxes as I went. Then before disturbing the bees I backed the tractor up close to the hives so all the boxes were right there.
After giving each hive scheduled for upgrading a good smoke whiff I started with the Nuc first and then worked my way down the line.
There were a lot of very upset bees let me tell you. Even with the smoke they were very unhappy with me. One reason I don't have an updated picture of the hives for tonight's post. If I get within line of sight of those hives right now the guard bees come screaming at me.
As it turned out one of the hives wasn't ready for another brood chamber yet so I only used five brood boxes and 45 new frames. After this year's growth I am needing to seriously order in some new stuff. I think I am down to only a couple of brood chambers and frames left now. Of course I usually lose a hive or two over Winter so I am sure some stuff will be freed up before next year's growth spurt. As it stands now I think I will slow down once I reach 20 hives and maybe begin selling some surplus each year but we will see.
It did appear that most of last year's hives have almost full surplus supers on them now. I guess the last couple of dry days allowed them to get the moisture out and cap off some honey.
I think another pull is in order soon.
I hope to get caught up on comment replies tonight.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!