Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nairobi Is Progressing Nicely.

Nairobi has comb on nine bars, eight of which have brood.  They are starting to put up honey on the ninth bar and have some capped honey across the tops of the comb on the other eight.  The brood bars are 1/2 to 2/3 filled with comb with lots of capped brood and larvae completely fill the comb.  I hope that since bar 9 is only honey that it means the recently matured workers are now putting up stores for the winter.  These bees were very calm today and did not raise a fuss even though I pulled most of the bars looking for the queen.

Lots of brood

Capped honey on the last bar

Felix has started to fill the top deep and so has Oscar.  Neither hive has started on the supers and may not get to them this year.  If they fill the reserves on the remaining summer and fall blossoms, that would be great.  I did not go into these hive past pulling a bar from each reserve.  They are healthy, busy, and happy, although not quite as docile as Nairobi.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nairobi Has Brood

I looked in on the new MN Hygienic queen that is in Nairobi to see how she is doing.  I found lots of capped brood and open cells with larvae.  Also some drone cells, capped and open, at the far end of the hive.  There are 6 bars with brood and one with new comb.  Once the brood starts hatching in a few weeks I hope they get to work putting up stores for this winter.  There is some honey across the tops of the bars, but not nearly enough to last.  I plan on feeding 2:1 syrup with essential oils and pollen patties starting after the golden rod and other fall bloomers come in.

The other two hives, Oscar and Felix are busy as usual.  No action in the supers and I did not pull frames on either.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bearding (It's Hot and Humid)

The bees in Oscar and Felix are good during the day when everybody is out gathering, but there is not quite enough room for everyone in the hive when the sun goes down.  Nairobi is still waiting for new workers from the MN Hygienic queen I put in a couple of weeks ago, so it has no overcrowding/overheating problems.  The pictures below were taken at 10:30pm.  Oscar is stacked taller which might explain why there are more bees hanging out on Felix.  Both hives have screened bottom boards.