New screened bottom board as well, it seems to be taking them a bit to get used to it
There was a great sale on sugar, so my friend and I went splits on the whole pallet. 600 bags of sugar this should do us a while. Fall feeding will be coming soon enough and it was hard to turn down a BOGO on sugar.
Today was an eventful day, this afternoon it was very warm. It was 20 Celsius and sunny, I drove around some of the blueberry fields today. There are approximately 2500+ hives within a 5 minute drive from my place, they are pollinating blueberries. I have been watching them and some of them were overflowing with bees, so I placed a swarm box on the opposite side of the road and crossed my fingers.
I checked the swarm box this evening and BINGO, a wonderful hive was all over the box. I left it and went back home to gather my equipment to transfer the swarm. They were put into a hive and I placed the swarm box back to the capture location. With all the excitement I did not take any pictures, I will get some of the new hive tomorrow. Just like the saying " One persons loss is another persons gain" I can't wait to check tomorrow and see what is around tomorrow.
Here are some early morning pictures of I believe a cherry tree but I am not completely sure, I will have to ask Steph MacDonald to be positive. If anyone is looking for help with their yard design or flower arrangements for a wedding you can't go wrong with Steph. (small plug for a friend) Stephanie MacDonald
So today I took a couple of pictures of the girls and some eggs with larva, eggs are much easier to see when the sun is out. I haven't seen much pollen coming back but there seems to be lots in the comb, in about a week all the brood should be capped and they will start drawing out more comb on the new foundation. Some of the new foundation that I put in is being worked but not much. I will post pictures of that later, so as promised here is some pictures of brood
We have eggs
So I checked the new hives for a sign of a queen yesterday, they should start laying 6-10 days after being removed from the queen cage. I couldn't see any sign of eggs at all, lots of pollen, uncapped honey and the bees were calm. I found three of the five queens and if the queens were not present in the other two they would of been much more aggressive and upset. However they were very calm, I used a bit of smoke into the entrance but once the cover is removed I used a mist of sugar water from a squirt bottle I bought at the dollar store. I have found that the mist of sugar water seems to keep them calm and busy compared to the smoke. The smoke seems to keep them calm but they gorge themselves on honey and its hard to see into the comb as they are all trying to eat it in case of the pending fire (why else would there be smoke).
Tim, Jen, Emma and Drake would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the site. The farm is named after our dog Drake who has been a constant fixture in our lives for the past 8 years. His easy going and friendly nature is the reason the farm is named after him. He is the first one to greet you when you arrive, and makes you his friend instantly. He is the heart and soul of our family