I have been very impressed by the build up of the BeeWeaver bees that I have, but not impressed enough apparently. Two of my five hives have swarmed after only three weeks in the box.
Give them plenty of room and watch for queen cells!
Shucks! Had I been paying attention I could have split them and had more hives.

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Comment by Paul McCarty on June 21, 2012 at 4:01pm

No matter how much I have tried this year, it seems I cannot stop my bees from swarming. I had my newest bess, my cordovans, swarm on me today. I just checked them two days ago and only saw a single queen cell which I took for a supercedure cell so I left it. darn the luck!

Comment by Rob Shepler on June 20, 2012 at 10:41am

Wow, really neat to hear Ralph. Looks like they like the bars you made as much as I do!

Comment by Ralph Ketter on June 20, 2012 at 9:00am

Sorry to hear you lost a couple of swarms Rob.  I returned from my trip last night.  This morning I had to check the new BeeWeaver colony you helped me install just 12 days ago.  I removed the now empty feed can.

I was impressed by all the new comb.  I did not see the queen.  I did not notice larva but there was eggs and sealed cells.  The one old comb I gave them broke off during the installation.  I moved the broken off portion a couple of bars away and made two pencil like supports to hold it vertically under an empty bar.  The bees filled in the missing couple of inches of comb and reattached it to an empty bar.  In this photo, I inverted the old comb with the supports to work on them.  I managed to remove the pencil supports which are shown in the inset photo in the upper right.  The reattachment was not perfectly centered like the new combs but that was probably because of my misalignment.

Overall, I am very impressed with their progress in only 12 days.  Many of the new comb appears to be nearly full hive depth but not yet full width.  My guess is they have completed at least the equivalent of 4 FULL NEW combs (maybe more).  I made sure they have plenty of empty bars to work on.

Comment by Paul McCarty on June 19, 2012 at 10:40am

Wow, clover AND thistle! You guys are rolling in it. We only have trace amounts of either of those down here in my area. We have the market cornered on Cottonwood and Willow, however.

Comment by Rob Shepler on June 19, 2012 at 9:49am

I have been shoveling thistle in the pasture this morning and the clover is starting to come on. Looks like we will have a continuous flow here, especially if we can get a bit of rain! Sure wish I had more bees

Comment by Paul McCarty on June 19, 2012 at 9:08am

I have had my bees on and off feed for the last month here in High Rolls. The first bloom out is on it's last legs. We will get a second one hopefully soon, but it will not be anything like the first. The main nectar flow is early, hard , and fast it seems.

Comment by Rob Shepler on June 18, 2012 at 8:27am

Me neither! I have been cursing the stuff for four years and blessing and watering it this year. I'' be cursing in about four more weeks when it is stuck to my socks. It has been a really good flow this year

Comment by Diana Calkins on June 18, 2012 at 8:12am

I never thought I'd say this, but you are so lucky to have some much horehound!  The deer ate up our horehound.  Once we get our fence up, I'd like to encourage it and lambs ear.  They love lambs ear flowers!

Comment by Rob Shepler on June 18, 2012 at 7:43am

I am not feeding, they are still working the horehound hard and making honey.

Comment by Diana Calkins on June 18, 2012 at 7:22am

Robert just checked both hives and they still have plenty of room.  He moved the partition back a couple of bars in the BeeWeaver hive, just in case though.  Are you feeding yours, Rob?  We've not been feeding ours, so that may be why they aren't exploding in population right now.


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