May 23, 2014 (Friday)
I’ve added supers on both Blue and Green Hives. In fact, Blue hive looks like a skyscraper compared to pink and yellow. Since we don’t feed the bees once supers are added (the girls fend for themselves since we want pure honey), I didn’t have the upper entrance exposed. Also, we didn’t have any entrances or vent holes between all of those boxes. With all of that activity, it can get darn hot in those hives. Not to mention,the forager bees didn’t have direct access to the honey supers, which means they had to travel all the way up and down through 3-4 very busy boxes to get in or out of the hive. That does not make for efficient honey production!
I saw some nifty spacers at my last bee meeting and immediately put the hubster to work. Using 1″x1″ lengths of wood, he built frames with entrance holes that fit between the supers. Super easy and much needed.
I also added a 1″x4″ spacer frame at the top, above the inner cover, to elevate the top cover an expose the inner cover entrance. We also drilled a hole into this spacer for yet another entrance and for added air circulation at the top of the hive.
The girls wasted no time using these new entrances – a simple solution with great benefits. Quicker access means faster honey production, and better air circulation makes for happier and healthier bees!