Bees from Happy Day Hive and Bitchy Bees Hive continue their foraging flights with vigor. Young bees now play hooky from their in-hive chores and come out for mini orientation flights at about 3:45 p.m. if the sun is on the hives. They swirl around for about ten minutes and then zip back inside! They won’t become forager bees for another 10 days or so.
Bitchy Bees Hive get reprieve
- “I can be bitchier than you!” I said to the Bitchy Bees Hive as my BeeFF Dan and I did a hive check. Confession: I was wearing a bee veil, a bee jacket, two long sleeve shirts, two pair of pants and leather boots. It worked but I need thicker gloves. I’ve changed my mind about evicting them – curious about how they are so different than the other hive. Plus, today they were only 8.5 on a 10 bitchy scale.
- They are only building on the side of the frame next to the original nuc and it is in weird streaks with drone cells and honey all mixed up. On the bright side, they are building nice orderly comb on the medium frames in the box above the deep. Bee mentor Greg says to let them fill out the medium box of frames and then put the deep brood box above it after scraping wonky comb off and rewaxing the deep frames they are refusing to build on.
- They went through almost a quart of sugar water.
- Installed Beetleblasters in medium box (forgot to put in deep box).
Since the Bitchy Bees Hive has a stronger, bigger population, I’m going to conduct a wax test on them. I installed a medium plastic frame that had a thin re-wax coat on one half and extra deep wax on the other half. I want to see if they will carve out the wax to make cells consistent or will they build on top of it or opt not to use that area all together.
Happy Day Hive is needing some help
- Saw less than 10 hive beetles. Was concerned that we saw two big beetles (bigger than one-inch each). Greg says don’t worry about them, but do put out boric acid to keep the sugar ants out of the hive that are still getting in.
- The bees have gotten a little bitchier (about a 6 on a 10 scale) now that they have brood and honey to protect.
- The bees have started building new comb in the medium box of frames with wax foundation.
- Drank less than an inch in quart jar of sugar water.
- Cleaned out/installed Beetleblasters in both brood boxes.
- Replaced five unused deep frames with five deep frames that had been re-waxed and the foundation correctly installed (When I bought hives, some of the foundations were installed upside down and the pass thru holes were not punched out).
I have added eight more lavender plants along the driveway. My goal is to fill a 5 x 20-foot purple section along the auxiliary driveway. The chaste tree is about to bloom. So excited to see if the bees like it. The hummingbirds and butterflies definitely do. Alas, the bees show no interest in confederate jasmine. Some bees have found the oakleaf hydrangea, but it doesn’t bloom as vigorously now that the water oak is shading it so much now these days.