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by Monica Melograna-Ward

Category Archives: bees

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The last three photographs show the Honey Super that was added to the hive in a rush last night. The plastic mesh you see is called Queen Excluder. It allows the Worker Bees (all females) to go up to build comb and store honey, without the Queen, who would lay brood aka future honey bees, included. I had been converting the “Loading the Honey Bee Package/Box into the Hive” Super into a Honey Super, when I realized that the hive population had experienced an extra big surge.

The following photos are from yesterday evening’s checkup on the hive.

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Yes, I got daring, again.

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This pic shows the only space left in the entire honey bee hive.

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This is a closer look at that quaint little tubular hole.

I wrote to the gentleman who distributed the bee packages from the man who raises them (That source beekeeper refers to himself as the Fat Bee Guy). It never occurred to me that the hive would grow this much and this fast. It was two months to the day, Thursday the 17th of May, 2018, when I took these photographs.

The email asked if the Super should or should not have the Queen Excluder at this point in the game. I’m not sure if it is too early for a Honey Super, or if I should have a Regular Super, and then an additional Honey-Only Super with Queen Exclusion on top of that.

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The last two pics were taken this evening.

Believe it or not, the front entrance to the hive is not as crazy looking as it was last night. The honey bee workers come up to just inside the box, but at least they can get in and out in what seems to be a comfortably organized manner.

I do not want the honeybees to overheat or swarm/leave to find a larger space. Hopefully, I will hear back soon. If not, I will have to scour the internet and/or just go ahead and build another super/bars to prepare for the inevitable mega overflow of this very prolific honey bee hive.

This bee video, from yesterday, shows the level of madness going on in our front yard.

Happy Friday Night Bees!

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So I got daring, with no mask or gloves or anything. It is cumbersome to take photos and videos with all of that on. No stings! Our honey bees are pretty docile. I had my iPhone 5-6 inches away from the honey bees for this first photograph.

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Unluckily, the pic of the fullness of the hive came out blurry. I did not realize this until after I had closed it back up. But, the hive is about 85% full and packed with comb and a gazillion bees. The magenta line represents where the comb(s) has grown to. We started off with about 9,000 honey bees from the packaged box we loaded in. I’m thinking that there may be around 35,000 in there right now.

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Front view with cover on the ground in front.

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Up close upside down top cover with a few of our honey bees lingering.

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Open view of top bars in traditional, squarish, beekeepers hive – from above.
Note: This is a combo design.

And here is this week’s video!

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Non-sequitur – Our chickens out for their nightly free ranging.

 

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I did have to duck and run at the end since one flew at my uncovered head,
but I did not get stung!

Happy Friday! May The Fourth Be With You!

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7:41 pm

Our Honey Bees should be coming in for the night,
but are still coming in and going back out.

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Happy Friday the 13th!

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HoneyBees1769_A.jpgThe package/box of around 10,000 honey bees was brought home on the 18th of this month. The following is how far they have gotten with building the comb(s). So far, everything is going really well. I will have an article on the pickup through installing the bees into the hive soon.

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With the hive top off looking down at the top bars.

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The comb(s) being built (around the queen bee).

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Another pic of the comb build. They had already started into their project when I put a bees wax guide on one of the top bars. It has been ignored as they continue with their original natural plan.

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One last photo before closing the top cap down for the night.

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Sugar Water Honey Bee Syrup of 1:2 for egg/brood laying just started. You can see the mason jar on the plastic feeder that extends into the hive entrance. There is also a homemade wooden feeder to the right of that…

See you next Friday for more Adventures with Honey Bees.

 

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It is almost one year since my major surgery. We have been able to get a lot done to reorganize the farmette since then. The work has helped me to build up muscles (including the ones supporting my fused neck) and to retrain all the crushed nerves. Things in that medical arena are far from perfect, but my ability to move is vastly improved in comparison to the two years prior.

We built a new pony run-in just in the nick of time before the cold Winter weather really struck:

Old Run-in

New Construction


New Run-in


Decor added September 2012

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To bring the livestock count up to date:

Dogs (Pets, Watch, Retrieving, Service, Herding)
1 Female AKC Golden Retriever, 2 Female ACHC Gollies
(Golden Retriever x Rough Coated Collie)
Ongoing but not currently: One Black DOG project
pulling a pound dog from local shelter to re-home.

Goats (Brush clearing, Lawn mowing,
Milk – hopefully this Spring, Kid sales)
1 ADGA Young Nubian Buck, 1 ADGA Nubian Nanny,
1 Pygmy Nanny, 1 Pygmy Doe, 1 Pygmy “It” (female-ish)

Ponies (Transport pull cart/ride, Pasture ornaments)
1 (14 Hands) Blind, Quarter Pony Stallion /
1 (10 Hands) Grumpy 21 yo Shetland Gelding

Poultry (Eggs!!!, Insect control, Chick sales)
1 Chinese, Female Goose /
1 Shy, Free Range, Ameraucana/Wyandotte, Standard Sized Roo /
1 Angry, B&W, Polish, Top Hat, Bantam Roo / 1 Blue, Sizzle, Bantam Roo /
2  (Red, Birchen) Cochin, Bantam Roos / 1 Mille Fleur, Cochin, Bantam Hen /
1 Pair B&W, Ugly, Project Bantams / 1 Silkie x Cochin, Bantam Hen.
17 Young, Bantam Chickens for grow out (new breeders needed,
heat wave drove raccoons out of woods for giant raid on our main coop).

Inside
1 Parakeet that throws seed as far as outer space.
No particular use. But, he is very cute.
1 (55 gallon) fish tank w about a dozen fish.
Calming living room centerpiece.

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New coops are being built or re-built. The truly scrappy ones made from reclaimed everything were burned along with their hornets/wasps nests. Making solid, super sheltered, predator-proofed pens for our poultry was long past due.

One of the new coops:
1) Frame, 2) Digital Plans, 3) Final in use


We barter/traded our one man auger for a working nuc box of bees
(we lost our queen last year in our top bar hive and inevitably
lost that colony).


– The back pasture needs fencing, but has been cleared of coops.
– We need to move the two fruit trees to the front and plant the third
(still in pot from purchase months back).
– The farmette needs to buy a few pure bred hens for laying and
Spring chick sales.
– More coops will be necessary. Bobwhite quail, diamond doves and/or call ducks may be in the mix soon.
– A tree-house style goat house or two (with easy cleaning bases) need to be built, so that we can leave the well shed for storage alone.
– The pony run-in will have additions as time goes on.

The projects never end. Thank goodness we enjoy them!

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