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  1. Jeff
    March 4, 2011

    Wow, I’m suprised the bees made that much head way with the pollen patty. Cool…

    Still looks like the girls are doing well. You keep feeding them you better be ready for a split the spring.

    • Phillip
      March 4, 2011

      I don’t have any more pollen patties for them, but I do have two pounds of pollen supplement and a pound of pure pollen. I’ll dig into that stuff later on if I have to. If they’re eating pollen, I think it means they’re rearing brood. So that’s good.

      I’ve been thinking about the whole making-a-split situation. If I have to make a split, I might just put a full medium super on top, let the queen lay eggs in it, and then start a new colony in an all-medium hive. That seems like the easiest way to switch to all mediums.

      I really have no clue how that’s going to work out though.

      In other news, our winter was slow to get started, but then came at us with a vengeance. The snow and slush and grey skies have become depressing. I’m glad to see more of the sun in the past week along with some higher temperatures. I’d like to see more of the same so I can start feeding the bees syrup before the end of March.

      Apparently the dandelions begins to bloom in April. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  2. Jeff
    March 4, 2011

    There is also anothe flower that looks like dandelions but isn’t. That is an early source for the bees as well on nice days.

    • Phillip
      March 4, 2011

      Last year when I knew I wanted to start beekeeping and waited for months to hear from the NL Company on whether or not they could sell me any nucs, I kept looking around at everything that was blossoming in my area. And it drove me crazy that I didn’t have the bees around to dig into it. This year I’ll be taking photos and notes of everything in my neighbourhood. Now if winter would just go away, it’d be great.

  3. Phillip
    March 4, 2011

    I was just out taking a peak at the bees. In Hive #2, I can actually see through the entrance the bees eating away at the candy cakes. I can’t tell if they’re licking the candy or chewing it off. I’ll try to get a close up of it on video if I can. I can also tell they’re defending the queen by the way the guard bees stick their butts in the air. It’s all good.

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