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by Monica Melograna-Ward

Tag Archives: traditional honey bee hive

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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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