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  1. jody
    August 15, 2010

    Holy s*** that’s a lot of bees.

  2. Andrea
    August 16, 2010

    Impressive… most impressive. Great photos of the suits, too.

    What will happen in the winter, will you put the hive in the shed?

  3. Phillip
    August 16, 2010

    What will happen in the winter, will you put the hive in the shed?

    The bees will hunker down for the winter outside in their hives. They huddle together in a big ball to stay warm and protect the queen, and slowly eat away at their honey stores.

  4. Jeff
    August 16, 2010

    Looks good Phillip.

    Are you going to add the black felt around your hives for the winter? I am thinking about adding foam around the North and West side of my hive for the winter with a layer of black felt in under so that in Late February and March I can remove the foam on the warm days so it heats the frame and warms the bees.

    The first thing for having the bees prepared for winter is having the critical mass (of Bees) and having the honey and pollen stores they need.

  5. Phillip
    August 16, 2010

    I have no idea what I’m going to do for the winter. I need to visit Aubrey and see what he does. Nothing I’ve read about wintering bees is consistent. Everyone does something different and few seem to agree on what’s best.

    My first thought was simply to use a screened bottom board and that’s it. But I really don’t know what to do.

  6. Jeff
    August 16, 2010

    How do you work with those gloves on? I tried them once and haven’t used them since. I find with the gloves I just do not have the dexterity and I really don’t look forward to squishing the bees.

    All I have been using is my veil, tee shirt and jeans.

    I find the more that you squish, the more pissed off the bees get. So without the gloves the sense of touch is better. Still a little eerie when the bees are crawling up your finger. I felt something crawling up my leg one time. I pulled the pant leg up a bit and shook my leg. The bee fell out on the ground. I find being gentle with them, they are gentle with you.

  7. Phillip
    August 16, 2010

    I have no problem feeling the bees through the gloves, which are made from a thin goat’s skin. I don’t squish any of the bees with my hands, only when replacing the frames. The bees are thick and sometimes don’t move fast enough.

    All I have been using is my veil, tee shirt and jeans.

    So have you been stung yet? I’ve been stung, but not while actually working with the bees. I know Andrea and Paige only wear a veil. I’d like to do that too. Our bees seem pretty calm most of the time. We could probably do it. I’ll have to think about it.

  8. JG
    August 16, 2010

    Your inner cover is upside down. Flip it over so flat side is down or you are apt to end up with a LOT of burr comb.

  9. JG
    August 16, 2010

    The way it is shown in the photo is the inverted (winter) position, which provides a little more headroom for the cluster to move laterally, and creates an upper entrance for winter ventilation and cleansing flights.

  10. Phillip
    August 17, 2010

    Thanks, JG. I’ll flip the covers later today. It’s probably not the only thing I’ve done with the bees that isn’t exactly on target. I’ve done as much research as I can through the internet, but in many ways I’m flying blind here.

    I appreciate your input. Thanks.

  11. Jeff
    August 17, 2010

    Funny thing. Last evening I decided to check my bees. And I got stung for he first time. It was crazy, out of no where came the bee while I was holding a frame in my right hand and stung me on my right hand. I’m sure she was on a kamikaze mission. Out of no where this bee flew in and stung me on the thumb, best of all I couldn;t let teh frame go as it was capped with brood. It was total unprovoked and unexplained. Still other than ichy the sting isn;t to bad. I’ve picked up a couple of ep pens now just in case by standards get stung. Andrea recommended to get stung once a week anyway. I’ve had the bees walking over my fingers before and they didn;t mind. I find if I’m gentle with them they are gentle with me.

  12. Phillip
    August 17, 2010

    I flipped the inner covers on both hives today. Now that I see it, it makes a lot of sense.

    It was able to look at Hive #2, which has been slow to grow compared to Hive #1. They’re doing okay, but they’re still not ready for a second box. They probably won’t be ready until the end of the month. I have two feeders on that hive now. I also have some frame feeders on the way. I’ll install those (and not bother with the Boardman feeders anymore) in both hives as soon as they arrive. The board feeders attract ants and wasps, and today I even saw bubble bees trying to get into the hive. One came very close, but I assume it would get killed pretty quick if it got inside.

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