Sunday, 31 May 2015
Down With The Bees
Yesterday making the most of the sunshine
I went down to the bee hives to see how they are getting on,
This was me investigating the Top Bar Hive
Top bar hives the bees build there own comb to the shape of the hive, there was plenty of brood cells and the colony seems to building well, they were capping off honey on some of the frames in this hive, they were only a small colony last year when we moved so its yet undecided if we will take a harvest from them this year.
Martin didn't suit up as he was manning a bonfire so there are no close up photos of the bees and its extremely difficult to man a camera in those thick gloves.
The national hive when I checked it had some queen cells
This is one of the queen cells, they are shaped like a peanut and hang down from the comb, this wasn't the comb I took it from I put it on here so you can see it clearly, I removed all the queen cells I found, to try and prevent the bees from swarming, if left to produce a new queen the older queen will go off with half the workers and form a new colony, although sometimes the old queen kills of new hatching queens, swarming depletes the hives.
The area were we have the hives is were the fruit trees are and we allow the grasses and wild flowers to grow, this area will remain wild.
I don't use a smoker while doing the hives unless I was doing something really intrusive, the bees remain calm and its all done nice and calmly and quiet so as not to agitate them.
I finished the path in the poly tunnel yesterday
I have laid the path with ash and cinders from the Rayburn, it didn't cost anything and makes a nice firm walking surface.
Thank you for all the comments on Kara's passing, she has been laid to rest in the woodland we are planting up amongst Kev's willow and Amy's maples and her grave has been planted up with wild garlics and wild flower seeds scattered on top, we are so glad we have Sol.
He has settled in lovely