Tuesday, May 17, 2016

First Hatch

First Hatch

Today - I  observed the first hatch of the first batch of queens I 'harvested' back on May 1st.  I could actually hear the others scratching to chew themselves out of their cells.

In nature, this first queen would seek all the other cells and kill them.  But I have other plans!

I have them in these 'roller' cages that keep them from doing that.

Friday, May 13, 2016

First Cell Builder

I was able to 'harvest' 10 fully developed, capped cells today!  Not a great result - but I will keep making more!

They will be going into breeder nuclei early this Sunday.  If everything goes to plan, I have 10 more nucs in a couple of weeks or have queens available for folks!

These are all daughters of a very strong carnie winter survivor this year.  Tough gals and built up nicely this early spring!

Monday, May 9, 2016

A "bee" visit to the Montessori Elementary School

Today I had the opportunity to take my observation hive to this school and have a chat about bees.  The kids were very interested in this and the tools that you use with beekeeping.

A Captivated Audience !

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Swarm Management in my Bee Yard

I've heard from many of my beekeeping buddies that their purchased Nucs, back in April, have really taken off with this current amazing nectar flow!  Lately, the weather has been beautiful and the flower bloom is fantastic. However,  this can have an unfortunate result.  The hive may build so quickly that they feel the 'swarm impulse' and build queen cells and take off!  

So, I read about this problem and its remedy:  Swarm boxes.  Here, I've suspended a box with some frames of drawn comb in a tree not far from the platform.  It is hung on a strong hook so I can quickly lower it at night if I get 'new renters' moved in from one of my hives.  "An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure"
Hung on a tree about 12 feel up on a quick disconnect 
I sprayed the inside with my "Lemongrass lure" - just in case!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Getting Ready for Queen Rearing

Today I was going through some preparation for raising Queens.  I built these last winter and now they are getting setup for the first round of cell building.  I know how the cell builders turned out in 12 days.  I will keep you posted!