Beehives Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Below are photos taken of my five beehives on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at around 4:30 pm.

  • removed insulation from Hive 1 (top bar hive), Hive 2, 6, and 7. All of the insulation was ant infested
    • did not remove insulation last visit as was working on the hive that did not survive, ran out of time
    • now know to remove insulation earlier
  • top bar hive had cornmeal from 2016 on top of the frames, but under the cover, and there were ants
    • did ants get that smart or was the cornmeal stale and not attractive to them?
    • made the mistake of messing up their comb when I placed the ApiGuard tray near the seventh bar
      • the comb fell off the bar
      • next time will place the tray in from the back of the top bar hive
      • Langstroth hives were much easier to work with, placed the ApiGuard on some of the inner covers, did not disturb the bees much
  • Hive number 4 is officially a swarm hive, caught my first swarm by leaving an empty hive out in May
    • left another empty hive out this visit (June 28), would be awesome if a swarm took up residence in it
  • Have five active beehives, currently, had six, and then four and now five with the swarm that took residence in Hive 4
  • visited the historic grist mill, very pretty
  • gave each hive:
    • ApiGuard as a varroa mite treatment
      • more bees were outside of the hive once placed the tray inside, possibly because of the smell of it
      • I now understand that it is necessary to treat hives for the varroa mite. If hives are not treated for the varroa mite they will not last more than three years. If the hives make it through the winter and then die off and are over one year old it was probably because it was not treated for varroa. That is what happened to me. In the past it was not necessary to treat beehives for varroa. Nearly all the treatments seems to make the honey not safe for consumption. I am interested in learning more about how to treat for varroa and at what times and how to make the honey still safe for consumption.
    • powdered sugar dusting
    • cornmeal around the outside of the hive as a deterrent to the ants
  • Hive number 6 seemed kind of weak to me, like the population was low
  • gave hives 7 and 2 standard inner covers, will be easier to work with when adding insulation in the winter
  • day lilies or tiger lilies I planted seemed to be doing well despite the black walnut root toxicity  🙂
  • made sure placed rocks on the covers of all the bee hives as there are definitely raccoons around that will figure out how to remove the hive covers

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