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  1. Phillip
    April 1, 2011

    I’m not getting my hopes up, but it feels like spring today. My backyard thermometer reads 17°C which has to be wrong, but either way, it’s warm and the bees are out in full force again.

    If this weather keeps up, I might be able to put a feeder on by next weekend.

    I won’t officially declare that spring has arrived until all the snow is gone.

  2. Jeff
    April 5, 2011

    I’m so looking forward to the spring weather and rain to start claning things up and melting snow.

    Time for spring to come and for the bees to prosper.

    • Phillip
      April 5, 2011

      Has this been an extra long winter? I can’t tell. Sure feels like it’s been dragging on.

      My bees are still prospering, I suppose, but if the weather was warm now, they’d be out in full force. They are eager to bust out.

  3. Jeff
    April 5, 2011

    I saw the first flowers for the year yesterdayday. These little yellow ones that stick close to the ground. You see them growing along the sides of the roads.

    My tulips and daffodils are soming up too. So it is nice to see the options.

    I think I will put the 3rd super on for now so the young bees can build some comb before everthing gets going. That way when I make the split I may have some comb to spread around to get the new hive off to the races.

    • Phillip
      April 5, 2011

      I’ll take photos of the first sign of life I see. All I see behind my house now, though, is a field of white. Same in front of my house. Ain’t nothing coming up through that.

      Is it warm enough to put a third super yet? And by super you mean a medium super above your regular 2-deep brood chamber?

  4. Jeff
    April 5, 2011

    Sorry I intent to put a hive body on top. Just to get some brood comb going before the split. Once there are several hives then I will add a medium super. You still have that plastic foundation there for me too, right?

    Man I so what to see the girls out flying.

  5. Phillip
    April 5, 2011

    I still have some medium plastic foundation. Enough for 20 frames, I think. I’ll have to check. But yup, you can have them.

    I may eventually get more, a small amount, so I can do an experiment to compare how quickly the bees refill a foundationless frame vs. a conventional frame. But that won’t be until later in the summer. I can throw a few in my next Beemaid order, no biggy.

    Are you coming in on the 26th for the A-man’s short talk at The Rooms? I can give you the foundations then.

  6. Jeff
    April 6, 2011

    I am going to try. Do you have the start time yet?

    • Phillip
      April 6, 2011

      I’ll email you the info.

  7. Phillip
    March 22, 2014

    Poop inside the hive = a dying colony. I also think it means a queenless colony. My thinking is that when a colony becomes queenless at a time of year when it can’t requeen itself (late fall and winter), the workers lose their sense of purpose because without a queen or brood or anything to forage for, they have nothing to do. Their normal drive and survival instincts evaporate and they end up doing strange things like pooping inside the hive. That’s why whenever I see lots of poop inside the hive, I know that colony is a goner.

    I could be wrong. Perhaps the bees get nosema and then dysentery — one way or another, dysentery is definitely a part of the equation — and then the queen dies. Either way, poop in the hive means they’re dead.

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