Another behind the scenes visit to my beeyard, this time in March 2018 as I do one of my first hive manipulations of the year, reducing a 3-deep hive to a single deep hive.
01:15 â€” Talking about the characteristic of Russian honey bees (or what Iâ€™ve been told about them).
01:50 â€” Talking single-deep brood chamber beekeeping.
03:00 â€” Talking about what I think Iâ€™ll find when I crack the hive open.
04:20 â€” The beginning of the actual inspection, though itâ€™s not really a full inspection. Itâ€™s just me pulling the top box off and setting it up as a new single-deep hive. I talk throughout most of this to explain â€” or take a guess at â€” what might be going on.
06:45 â€” Bees clustering on the sunny side of the hive.
07:20 â€” Granules of sugar in the comb, kinda looking like royal jelly.
08:00 â€” Examining untouched frames for honey stores (frames of honey).
09:10 â€” Using my Italian style (or J-hook) hive took to pry frame out of the box.
09:45 â€” Speculating how 3-deep hives might be the perfect hive (in a place like Newfoundland) for someone who wants to try hands-off beekeeping. Can a colony in the 3-deep hive be self-sustaining to the point of needing little or no manipulation? Maybe.
13:20 â€” Mentioning how the bees are most friendly in the spring, in my experience.
13:40 â€” The bottom board full of dead bees and sugar near the end of winter.
14:10 â€” My theory on queens dying and then what looks like nosema showing up.
15:00 â€” What capped syrup look like.
16:00 â€” I know people in the US who feed their bees sugar syrup, let the bees cure the syrup and call it honey. Iâ€™ve seen at least one member of a local beekeeping association do the same thing. They did it out of ignorance, but nevertheless, it happens. (But there are easy ways to to test the purity of honey)
17:30 â€” Some discussion about single-deep brood beekeeping. (I think Iâ€™m leaning towards that.)
22:10 â€” Bees eating a protein patty and me blathering on about more stuff.
Check out my Month of March category for a sense of things that might happen for backyard beekeepers on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the month of March.