7 responses

  1. steve
    April 19, 2011

    So right about the proud parents showing of pictures of their babies! You should know that the other people that appreciate these pictures/videos is other proud parents.

    • Phillip
      April 19, 2011

      Yes. We’re an exclusive group.

      By the way, I just updated the video. In the first version I neglected to show the bees flooding out the top entrance. The updated video should be 2 minutes long.

      I may upload an HD version, too, as an experiment. The video is shot in HD, but it takes forever to upload such a large video file. The up close shots of the bees in HD are impressive, though, so I might go for it.

  2. Phillip
    April 19, 2011

    I removed the mouse-proof entrance reducer but put it back on three or four hours later after the traffic died down.

    I noticed that much of the pollen the bees brought in had collected on the bottom board. It must have fallen off their pollen baskets somehow. Strange. I’ve never seen that before.

    (I’m still trying to upload an HD version of the video. The last attempt took two hours and then failed during the last 30 seconds of the upload. Nice.)

  3. Jeff
    April 20, 2011

    I pulled my mouse proof (removed the nails) about 2 weeks ago and have not put it back. Also I checked teh bees last evening when I got home and they were taking back the sugar syrup from the inverted jar. Looks like it is going to be a good weekend. Sun and double digits so the bees should be out in full swing. I hope they find my crocus. I’m looking forward to see them bring pollen in.

    • Phillip
      April 20, 2011

      I didn’t think of just pulling the nails out of the mouse-proof entrance reducers. I’ll do that now.

      Mine are slowly taking down the syrup from the jar feeders, only in the past few days, though. Judging from this year, I don’t think I’d bother with hive top feeders until the worst of the cold was over. The bees won’t break cluster or leave the brood while it’s cold.

      I’m on a film shoot from Friday to Sunday, so I won’t see anything this weekend. If we don’t get anymore snow, the dandelions will be up soon.

  4. Jeff
    April 20, 2011

    Agreed waiting for the warm weather before added the top hive feeder. That way it will drive brood prodcution to allow the split. I need to pick up some Anise flavoring on Tueday too. I want to drive the girls snaky so they’ll suck back the syrup.

    On a side note I dreamt I seen my first drone for the year, scary….

  5. Phillip
    April 21, 2011

    I’m picking up some Anise oil today, though I won’t have time to mix it with any syrup until May. I won’t be around much between now and the end of April.

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