Friday, May 16, 2008

It was a Beautiful day in the Bee yard...

Today May 16th, 2008: We had a peek at the inside both of the hives, just to get an idea as to how the Honeybees are progressing with filling the frames and how our Queens were doing. We were able to spot the Queen in Hive #2, but I could not find the Queen in Hive #1. We will wait a couple of weeks and take another look for her again in Hive #1. (hope she is still there) The Frames in the Hive Bodies are really starting to fill up, looking like almost half of the frames are full in both of the hives and it also looked like we had some capped brood in some of the cells on both of the hives. When we get a couple of more Frames filled up in both of the Hive Bodies we will add another Hive Body to each of the hives. We also noticed that there was lots of Pollen coming into both of the hives today, and from what we could tell, it is most likely coming from all of the Dandelions that we currently have in our yard. I think I may have found me a new Photographer too,with my youngest son was taking some really great pictures of the bees as they were landing on the Dandelions and also some really nice pictures of all the happenings inside both of the hives.My youngest son was my helper for today, not only taking pictures, but he also lent me a helping hand in checking both of the feeders and the removal and replacement of the frames in both of the hives. After checking both of the hives, we topped off the Feeders with our Sugar Syrup and put the Top Covers back on. I hope everyone can bear with me with this Beekeeping adventure, being as I’m still fairly new at this, and I am still learning quite a bit as we go, but from what I could tell, as we were looking into both of the hives, that they are looking really well for no longer than they have been set up and if the weather holds out and stays nice they should get going even better. Between the rain and the chilly nights, I think it has slowed the bee’s progress a quite a little bit. Hope you enjoy the pictures we have for today, because they are some of the best ones we have taken so far. There are some really nice shots of the frames from both of the hives, the Queen in Hive #2 and also some of the honeybees collecting pollen from the dandelions in the yard...After seeing how many of the bees were out and about in the yard collecting pollen, it almost makes me not what to mow...and with fuel prices where they are it didn't take too much to convince me into not mowing this week. Click on the images to view it in a Larger size.

1 comment:

cwachtel said...

Finally time to catch up on my e-mails and look through your blog. It is very interesting to read and look through. I had no idea it took so much work. Might be a time consuming hobby :) Enjoy! Chris