As I noted in my last visit, a couple hives were in need of some equipment, so I returned to the bee yard today to get them up to speed. It’s a very sunny day with the high projected to be about 85 (the last couple days have barely made the 60’s and we covered things in the garden so they wouldn’t freeze.) and with the bee gear on it didn’t take long for the sweat to start to run. Still, there’s nothing like spending time with the girls so I decided to snap a few pictures too.
Burly is always there to keep an eye on things, but today he was more interested in soaking up the sun. Pictures two and three are of the bee yard itself which shows the dry field behind us. In the first picture the hive on the left is the hive I refer to as the “Split” hive. The next two are the “Carny” hives. In the picture above the hive on the left is the Italian hive, the hive in the middle is the “requeened” hive which we added a box to today, and the hive on the right is the surviving hive from last year.
In the two pictures above you see the girls out on top of the frames (in the first pic) after I have removed the cover. In the picture that follows (just above) I am holding up one of the frames of capped brood and bees. This is the hive that was requeened and today I added another super to give them more room. Below are just a few more pictures of the requeened hive before adding the new super on top.
Remember how it all started back in April? The Carny’s and Italians came in these kind of packages.
Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend everyone!