Here’s a photo of some of our hives at their new location on an organic farm about a half hour drive outside of St. John’s:
The photo was taken from inside the woods where we set up one of two new baby hives (splits) looking a bit like this:
That’s a home made top cover waterproofed with a high tech garbage bag. The hive is in a semi-shaded area in the woods. If the hive in the woods does just as well as the hives in the sun, that’s it, we’re moving all our hives into the woods. Why sweat in a bee suit in the sun all day if you don’t have to? (I know I’m probably dreaming.) Here’s a tilted and out of focus shot of the same hives taken from a reverse angle:
Half of them might look like they’re about to topple over, but they’re not (or maybe they are). The second and third hives from the left were the monster hives. One of them was three deeps tall and mostly filled with honey. We removed an entire deep from it and started up a split with a newly mated queen. Here are some bees scenting with their butts in the air shortly after we removed their queen to create a split.
Or maybe it was after we added a newly mated queen. I can’t remember when I took these photos. It was a long day.
Here’s a cropped shot of some bees lined up at the top bar of a frame in a honey super:
And here’s a pretty brood pattern from a frame just on the edge of a brood nest:
This frame was originally full of only honey. It was in one of the monster hives and then we moved it into, I think, our hive started from a swarm. The bees ate the honey away from the middle of the frame and packed pollen in a ring around the brood. So the brood is surrounded by a ring of pollen and then honey, everything a baby bee could ever ask for. Now here are some bees sucking up some honey from some slightly damaged honey comb:
We started the year with four hives and now we have four more — three splits and one caught swarm. The caught swarm and the first split are doing well. The other two splits are only a day old, one with a newly mated queen, another with its original queen, so we don’t know how they’re doing. Each hive has its own crazy history. I hope all the craziness is over and done with. Sorry I couldn’t be document all the history is more detail. I know that would have been more instructive, but we’ve been in survival mode for the past seven weeks — and not much else. It’s been a slog.