Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July Inspection

Date: July 11, 2009
Weather: Hot, breezy

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Hive #2 (was hive #3 from last inspection, but bumped to #2 because original #2 is gone): Lots of honey, nectar and pollen. I did not see the queen, eggs, larvae or capped brood. I decided to feed a little sugar water just in case she was in there somewhere. I read somewhere that , in the spring, it may induce the queen to start laying. Probably not good, since there was a fair nectar flow and I don't like artificial feed, but I had to try something.
Well, sure enough, I checked them a week later to take off the empty feeder and found larvae and the queen. Remember, this is the hive that I introduced the Caucasian queen into. This queen looked like an Italian queen. My thinking is, they had already started queen cells and when I introduced the Caucasian, they killed her. The new queen just had to have time to mate and get started laying. I just hope they have time to get established.

Hive #1: Doing fine, as always. I've made two (actually three) splits from this hive this season and it's still thriving. I didn't see as many hive beetles as before. I got some Boric Acid from the feed store and I think I'll make up some traps for the next inspection. I got a small piece of capped honeycomb, but I may be able to take some full bars before long. If not, that's fine. Just gaining the experience and confidence working with the bees is reward enough. For that I am thankful.

3 comments:

  1. Dave
    Very nice blog. Im in east Alabama near Eufaula and after reading your blog have decided to try the top bar system and have ordered one. Can you give me any advice on adding a nuc/split to the new hive?
    Thanks,
    Rabbi M. Kalev

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  2. D
    I'm further curious if you would consider selling me one bar from one of your hives for my new hive that Im going to put a split and new queen in?
    Thanks,
    Rabbi M. Kalev
    moshekalev@gmail.com

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  3. Dave,
    I sent you a PM thru BeeSource forum. Could you respond if interested.
    Thanks,
    Gwalker314

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