Today's check turned out to be all about marking queens (5 new queens!) and pulling regular honey frames to extract to give our ladies more open comb space. It was a hot, 80F day in the bee yard and we also fixed Hive Stand 2 and placed carpet under all of the hive stands to cut down on foliage and ticks. We also ended up taking home the old Flow Hive Super to extract one full frame and to store until the hives are larger and more stable. Right now we need them to make wax and it takes 6lbs of honey to produce 1lb of wax!
Stand 1: (Closest to Project Grow Garden)
Nuc 2 – White Queen
Hive 5 – Yellow Queen Split w/ Dark Queen marked red
Hive 2 – Yellow Queen
Stand 2: (Middle Stand)
Hive 1 – Previous White Queen Hive
Hive 4 – Swarm Hive w/ Honey-Colored Queen marked red
Hive 3 – White Queen Split Combined with Original White Queen Nuc w/ Queen marked red
Stand 3: (Closest to Black Walnut Tree)
Nuc 1 – From 2nd White Queen Split w/ Queen marked red
Hive 6 – Yellow Queen Split w/ Queen marked red
So, if you're counting, that totals 7 marked, laying queen in the Flow Hive Apiary as well as 1 hive and 2 nucs with queen cells for a total of 10 potential hives!
On Sunday we went back into the apiary and replaced the eight wet honey frames that we had extracted for a total of 28lbs of honey! Our buzzy ladies were very happy to be getting back open comb frames with a little leftover honey.
On Thursday, a quick check of the swarm traps revealed that we'd caught a small swarm (our 11th hive) that we intend to use to make wax and to bolster our other hive's bee populations.
This is proving to be a VERY BEEZY bee year!
Plan for Next Check:
1. A little early, but we could check Hive 1 and Nucs 3 & 4 for eggs and new queens.
2. Possibly removed more honey frames for extraction to give more empty comb space.
3. Possibly harvest from the New Flow Super.
4. Check all hives still queenright and give more boxes of foundation space where needed.
Date for Next Check:
Sunday, July 2nd at 10am in the A2B2 Teaching Apiary at Matthaei Botanical Gardens next to the Project Grow Garden in the Campus Farm Area.
Hope you can bee there!
What is a Flow Hive?
A Flow Hive is a Langstroth-style hive system with plastic frames which allow honey to be harvested directly from the hive. www.honeyflow.com/pages/how-flow-works