Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Booming hives

All my packages have been installed but what I am really happy about are my survivors. They are booming. The nuc hive got a 3rd box a week ago and in the coming week I will transfer them to a standard hive. One hive that had a super almost full received an additional super a week ago and it is almost full already. A 3rd hive got its first super this past weekend and I am looking forward to seeing how they do. The swarm that moved in to a deadout appears to be settling in nicely. Two other hives each got a 3rd deep added. My plan is to split all the survivors as soon as the maple flow stops.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Here we go again

Spring is here and its package bee time. Packages start arriving Wednesday and I have been busy getting the yard's ready. I had three hives overwinter in the first yard. It always surprises me when a nuc makes it. My only nuc made it and its booming, I had to put a 3rd box on it today. One of the other two hives actually swarmed this past week and the swarm moved into one of the deadouts. Leaving them alone for now. I will check for laying queens in all hives next week and buy replacement queens as needed. Also one hive has 30 lbs or so of maple honey, never got it before so really looking forward to harvesting it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Record warm winter

Despite a record warm winter I lost a lot of hives this year. Not really sure why but I do think they died pretty early on maybe even before December. Some deadouts still had half full feeders.
Again hives I expected to live died and hives I expected to die survived. The survivors appear to be doing well.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First update of the year

It was 60 plus degrees in Snohomish today so decided to see how many hives survived although we still have a couple of months until we can call them survivors. Out of 18 hives I have 5 alive so far. Looks like we are still having issues getting them through the winter. They were active bringing in yellow and pink pollen