Number 1

Beehive Number One (since 2014)

  • Summary – first beehive, top bar hive, since 2014, first bee package installed did not survive the winter
  • Current Colony Age – 2 months (as of May 2016) 
  • 2015 – basically in storage/unused, despite using swarm lure no swarm took residence in hive
  • 2014 – first bee package installed, did not survive the winter and was weakened due to wasp harassment and robbing honey bees 
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016
    • removed insulation from side and bottom of hive, there was a huge black ant infestation, they were living in the insulation and top of the hive when it was removed
      • removed the ants by hand, bees acted less aggressive towards me after this
        • feel I saved the hive by removing the ants or at least gave them a better chance at making it to winterBeehive Number 1
      • planted tansy and spearmint from seed around the hive to deter the ants
      • when planting the tansy and spearmint even found an any colony with larvae about two inches under the soil directly below the hive
    • gave the bees sugar water with a board-man feeder and Api Life Var to prevent varroa mite issues
    • gave the bees 8 more frames as the tenth frame had fully drawn comb, did not check the first and second frames, there were still pollen patties in the hive
    • labeled hive with registration number IL9894 (even at hobby level can register hives) and the year 2014 and #1
    • had to cut the entrance reducer to fit the board-man feeder, the bees still have the smallest entrance size and bees were coming in and out of a small gap at the edge of the board-man feeder
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016
    • installed a new bee package in hive
    • took hive out of storage,
    • gave bees three pollen patties and no sugar water
    • gave the bees ten frames and placed the queen on the seventh frame
    • used the smallest size entrance reducer and the second entrance on the top bar is taped shut plus the divider
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    • did not catch a swarm, will try again next yearFebruary 2015 beehive
    • may move inside barn as weather has taken somewhat of a toll on the edges of the hive
    • still has small amount of bugs and honey on the inside
    • did not spray it with swarm lure
    • hoping to locate where the wild bees are and then place the hive near them with swarm lure next year
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    • sprayed swarm lure around hive entrance, do not expect to catch anything
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    • still not swarm season, nothing has taken up residence in the hive, saw some ants near remaining drops of honey, no spiders or wasps, empty hive
  • April/July 2014
    • feed bees lots of sugar water
    • installed bee package
    • picked up bee package from post office