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  1. Sam
    May 9, 2012

    That thing about drone comb is a very interesting observation. Thinking of it now my inspection this year showed almost no bur comb and zero drone comb between frames, but I remember it was always present where I worked for a commercial beek (ALWAYS lol)

  2. Phillip
    April 26, 2014

    I did a reversal of two of my hives today, but it was only 7°C and foggy, so it was quick, not a leisurely inspection like in the video for this post (it was 17°C that day). I’m impressed by the number of bees in the hive in the video. None of my colonies this year are anywhere close to having that many bees, and probably not for a while. It’s been a long, hard winter.

    It’s still too cold to add hive top feeders, so I gave each hive a honey super full of partially-filled frames today, probably about ten pounds of honey each. I’m sure it’ll work much better than any sugar syrup.

  3. Phillip
    May 2, 2014

    My latest Gmail reminder is about swarm prevention…

    “It might be warm enough now to think about rotating the hive bodies and making splits (swarm prevention). NOTE: Our bees swarmed on May 25 in 2012. It takes 16 days for the colony to create the swarm cells and for the new queens to emerge. Those new queens don’t usually emerge until a few days AFTER the swarm. That means our bees in 2012 began swarm preparations around May 12. So here’s the deal for the city hives: Rotate the boxes and check the brood chamber for swarming signals at least every 7 days until the end of the month. And NEVER feed the bees after May 30.”

    That’s not bad advice, though it could be a little too cautious for this year considering that we’re still living with close-to-winter temperatures around St. John’s.

  4. Phillip
    May 3, 2014

    I just added another “Reversing a Hive” video to this post. It’s a quick video and a quick procedure of reversing the brood chambers before the frames got all gunked up with drone comb. I also give the bees some honey instead of adding a syrup feeder.

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