Monday, May 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I was getting tired of having my Mirror Hive be so far behind everyone else and am fortunate enough to have had a spare Russian hive that I set aside as part of my bee addiction. That hive was doing very well, and was housed in a 2-story 6-frame nuc of my own design and construction. So I admit to cheating and taking three frames of brood and putting them in the stale hive. I hope they take!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Posted by DCHoneybees at 5:24 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
No pictures here, but just an update. In our last episode I realized the Mirror Hive was queen-less and suffering, so we took a frame of bees and brood from another hive to reinforce the hive and perhaps stimulate the production of a new queen. We also, as chance allows occasionally, had a carni queen that was rejected by a nuc I had produced and was in the process of being "balled," ($25 down the drain). I rescued her from that awful fate and unceremoniously placed her in the Mirror Hive with odds of less than 50 percent that she would survive the night there having been no time for the existing bees to aclimated to her scent.
Posted by DCHoneybees at 5:55 PM
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Our friends over at Sweet Huckleberry were our first stop after we picked up our 51 packages on April 16. They were kind enough to video the install. Note the false confidence I exude on install number 1. I wasn't quite that fierce on install number 51.
Posted by DCHoneybees at 12:13 PM