June 7, 2015
You may recall that we lost Yellow Hive over the winter. The apiary just isn’t complete without all 5 hives going at once. Blue Hive was looking strong, so two weekends ago ((May 24th) I transferred some of their honey, nectar and brood frames to Yellow Hive, along with some healthy looking queen cells, and of course some bees. I gave them sugar syrup w/ my homemade Honey B Healthy and stood back to see if the split would take.
I didn’t post this sooner for fear of jinxing them. I’m very superstitious like that. They started slow, but now activity in Yellow Hive is picking up. Yay! The weather has been cool and wet, so once the sun comes back out and things dry out, I’ll give them a look to see whether a queen has emerged and started laying yet.
Expecting a Swarm
Any day now I’m anticipating that Blue Hive will swarm. I know that because I’ve seen queen cells and a virgin queen romping around. There is space in the brood chamber for laying, but when they decide to go, they’ll go. Fingers and toes are crossed that they’ll split themselves and will make a bee-line for the swarm trap. I continue to add lemongrass oil to the entrance to lure them in. Then I’ll collect them and add them to a new hive.
Preparing for the Best
Speaking of new hives, the hubster and I have had discussions about the number of hives I can add to my collection. He insists that 5 is enough. Yes dear, 5 is a good number. However, if I d happen to catch a swarm, then they need to go somewhere, so just incase they decide to cooperate (a rarity) I’m preparing hives 6 and 7….just incase. After all, I couldn’t possibly let them go homeless!
Watching the Garden Grow
We also planted the garden two weekends ago. Another yay! And with the recent rain, they’re popping up nicely. We’ll bee caging tomatoes today, and even my cucumbers are popping up from seeds that I salvaged from last year’s cucumbers, which were crazy prolific.
The major nectar flow is dying down, but there’s still plenty of flowers and color coming up. The wildflowers will be out soon. The bees are bringing in the honey. Boxes are heavy and filling fast.
Tis a happy time of year.