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by Monica Melograna-Ward

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FE309020-7561-48A3-8BE8-445B1E72EEA3.jpegWe’re on the road, driving from the Greater Charlotte Area to the Greater Atlanta area. Before we hit the road, I took a few quick pics.

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We just passed the big Gaffney, Georgia peach water tower. That’s always weirdly fun to see.

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But back to this Saturday morning’s honey bee update. I popped the top off of the added super. There are some bees above the main hive in there, but yet again, they have not started using the top bars to hang honey comb from.

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There is no intense drama going on in there right now. But, no matter what change or lack thereof is happening in our honey bee hive, it never ceases to fascinate me. I hope that all of you enjoy this peak into the world of Farmette 1769’s Honey Bees!

 

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Even $2 plastic feeders have a straight tube leading to the pressure held sugar water. Hummingbird beaks are plenty long enough to get a drink from them. Ours is on the right and survived the honey bee assault.

But, this is what happens when you put up a homemade hummingbird feeder with an easily accessible delivery system, and you happen to keep a honey bee hive around in front of the house.

They drank the whole thing!

A dinner featuring kabobs is simple to make.

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Gather your favorite vegetables, with medium to firm hardness. You can use fresh or frozen. Please never used a canned version. Vitamins are lost in the processing, and they would also be too soft for the skewers. Fresh is Best! Cut your choices up into bite-sized pieces. If you prefer your vegetables softer, steam them a little bit before grilling.

We had these in these in our coffers.

Fresh Carrots
Fresh Tomatoes
Red, White and Blue Potatoes

I like to use as many food groups as possible in the mix for our meals.

Carrots
Vegetable (Low Carbohydrate)
Tomatoes
Fruit (Healthy Sugar) – Yes, tomatoes are considered fruit.
Potatoes
Carbohydrate

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Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast Meat (cut this up into bite-sized pieces also)
Meat is for Protein

While I was chopping up the other ingredients, the chicken was marinating in:

Lemon Juice
Soy Sauce
Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper

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Just throw your skewers on a fast start gas grill and it won’t be long before your kabobs are ready!

Charcoal is a wonderful way to grill these up also, but I did say QUICK.

PS: And C is for Cookie – After a healthy meal, why not have a few cookies for dessert?

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This photo was taken from the back. Honey bees focus on the front entrance of the hive for defense. But, they were very active tonight. It has been raining a lot this week and I think they were glad to be out and about more today.

I stood off to the right of the front, since the honey bees tend to come into the hive from left front. My goal is to get zero stings during my Friday night filming.

I’ve only been stung three times total. The stings are all my fault for not wearing gloves or headgear. But it’s hard to take a picture with all that on, so I’ve been taking risks. Surprisingly, the hand stings (2) hurt more that my face/chin sting (1). But even the hand stings are tolerable. I’m glad that I’m not the honey bee in this scenario, since the workers die after their successful attack.

Happy Friday Night!

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These photographs were taken last night after dark. It was chilly, so the bees were fairly quiet and cooperative. No mask or gloves are needed with this type of weather and time of day.

When I added a half circle of bees wax comb (attached to one single top bar) last week, the bees had already been busy building comb (right-white) on a couple of the top bars . That build has started to encroach upon, encapsulate and envelope the alternate helper framework (left -tan).

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I’ve only gotten stung once. It barely hurt. And, I was doing something daring without a mesh mask on. If they are going to get you, they’ll try for your face, which is where I received my stinger. These bees are used to people and generally calm. Visit your hive often and they will let you get pretty close.

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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