Sunday, April 27, 2014

Feeding Apparently Not Needed.

The bees were fed 1:1 sugar syrup yesterday, and they barely touched it, which is a good sign, they are not starving as I thought. There were some good activity during the sun breaks yesterday, foragers were bringing pollen. Today was hail and freezing rain, so I'll let the quart of sugar syrup. I also added an "attic" to the hive, since the bottom of the roof was moldy. The attic box was filled with wood shavings and paper.
So far so good for this year.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Slow Start for 2014

After showing good activity, a few weeks of rain have taken their toll, and activity at the entrance is now moderate. I saw a worker bee dumping an almost fully form larva. It probably died from starvation. This is an indication that I should feed them if the weather turns to rain again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Season 2014 in ON!!

The beehive has awaken from the winter and appears healthy from watching the entrance activity. Foragers are bringing in pollen, which indicates that the queen is laying. The hive will be opened on the first weekend that breaks 60F.