5/4/14

Well, the weather was much better for bees today.  I think we hit 96 with moderate wind.  I decided to move the nuc to Mom & Dads property today to let them adjust to their new home.  I hated to move them so quickly, but my gut told me to get them out there, so I did.  They filtered into the box fairly early in the evening which worked well for Shannon and myself to deliver them to their new home.  The 5 acres my parents live on should provide ample food and water.  My only concern this year is the GMO wheat that is around them right now.  I hope they tend to stay busy with natural habitat on the five acres with honeysuckle, clover and such, but I’m not sure they heard me when I told them not to go too far from home.  I feel that I should probably transfer this colony to a full 10 frame hive very soon.  Probably as soon as they completely draw out the 5 frames in the nuc.  I think they will need to space for brood rearing and also for ventilation.  I don’t think my rendition of the nuc gets much ventilation.  I designed it to catch swarms and transport, not as a permanent or overwintering nuc.

The other hive that is still at my house in town looks somewhat promising, judging from the entrance anyway.  There is a fair amount of foraging.  They have not only discovered my syrup feeder on top of their hive, they have consumed 1/2 gallon each day since I placed it there.  I hope they are using the close food source to draw comb.  I have not taken another look into this hive.  I felt like I had disturbed them enough and needed to back off.  I may take a look early this week.  If I cannot find a queen or new eggs, I am going to try to score a frame of eggs from another beekeeper if possible.  I need this hive to get going.  The clock is ticking on the season, and so far mother nature has given us little to no moisture.  It could be a tough summer for the bees.  I hope I don’t have to spend a fortune on syrup and supplements to pull them through.

The five stings I took to the knee area last week STILL itch!  My body does not care for being stung.  My throat doesn’t close up, but my skin seems to take about a week to forget about having been stung.  Like I told Julie a few days ago, it seems that once I open a hive, immediately I forget everything I know and have read about bees.  I get mesmerized and do dumb things almost every time.  I really must get better at this soon.

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2 thoughts on “5/4/14

    • Thanks for keeping me in check Tracy. I knew I would face some correction when I launched this blog. What I should have said was that the wheat around my apiary is neonicotinoid coated seed, which releases pesticide throughout the life cycle of the crop. I am not sure which strain of wheat this farmer is currently using, but I have spoken with him on a few occasions and he informed me that he understands my concern, but he farms for a living and uses nenoic seed to keep pests away. He told me that if he puts in an untreated seed crop, he will spray both pesticide and herbicide on the crops such as when he puts in alfalfa. I realize farmers need to make money, but I wish that these harsh chemicals were not part of business as usual. I have visited your website and I very much appreciate the natural approach that you all take to farming/ranching. Keep up the good work! We need more like you.

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