We took a peek at the honey supers on our two full hives a few days ago. The bees in Hive #2, the mostly foundationless hive, have shown no interest in their honey super. My guess is they’re still backfilling all the foundationless drone comb instead. My prediction: Hive #2 will be a complete write-off for honey this year. The honey super on Hive #1 is looking better, though it still has a way to go. Most of the frames have only partial comb drawn on them. Here’s the left side of one of the foundationless frames in the honey super:
Here’s the right side of the frame:
Here’s some fresh comb just getting started:
Here’s a close up of some fresh white comb:
Here’s a middle frame section of some uncapped honey:
Here’s some uncapped honey on a foundationless frame:
And here’s the one frame with a bit of capped honey on it:
Going foundationless in the cold and damp that is St. John’s, Newfoundland, was a mistake. Most of the bees’ resources went into producing drones and then back-filling the old drone comb with honey (instead of filling the honey supers with honey). That whole situation has been hugely disappointing. The foundationless mistake combined with the lousy virtually non-existent summer we’ve had hasn’t been great for honey production. Hopefully I’ll get some honey from at least one hive by the end of September.