4 responses

  1. Jeff
    August 21, 2010

    Pretty impressive Phillip. I was hoping to check my hive today but it was to late by the time I got home. Hopefully the weather may be a little better and I can open mine for a peak.

  2. Phillip
    August 22, 2010

    Yeah, the colony in Hive #1 is robust. They go out in large numbers even when it’s mildly warm. I think they have a healthier queen and therefore larger numbers than the colony in Hive #2. Hive #1 sucks up 500ml of sugar-water in less than two days, even when they’re coming back with loads of pollen (and I assume nectar). Hive #2, even with two feeders, isn’t as fast. I’m calling Aubrey this week for advice on adding another brood box to Hive #2. Maybe I should just had medium super (or shallow) and let them use that as a brood box over the winter. I’m not sure they’d be able to fill a second box if I added it now. Then I want to have a big meeting with Aubrey about wintering the bees. I’m still finding too much conflicting information on that.

  3. Jeff
    August 23, 2010

    What are you using to wire the frames? Did you put eyelets in the holes on the sides?

  4. Phillip
    August 23, 2010

    I didn’t put eyelets in the holes, and I used 40-pound test mono filament instead of wire. All explained here:

    http://mudsongs.org/foundationless-frames/

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