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“NO TREATMENT” OF HONEY BEES REPORT

“NO TREATMENT” OF HONEY BEES REPORT

- StevenG

The Hypothesis:  To demonstrate that honey bees can be kept successfully for honey production without chemical treatments.

Background

My first hive of honey bees was a 2.5 pound package purchased May 1, 1971, from Montgomery Ward’s, for $11.95. I was living in Enid, OK and kept the hive in the back yard of the house I was renting, as I was in Seminary. That year it did not produce a surplus. My first queen purchase was in 1971, and she cost $2.75, post paid.

By August 1972 my first hive had produced 210 lbs. 8 oz. of surplus honey, in town. On April 16, 1973, that hive swarmed. I caught the swarm and hived it. I had to purchase a “complete hive” (bottom board, deep super and frames, foundation, inner cover, telescoping outer cover), extra deep super, 5 shallow supers, and a queen excluder from Montgomery Wards. Total cost including tax was $55.17.

By the time I sold out in 1986 I had 16 hives, averaging 125 pounds of honey from each. From a low of 0, to a high of 220 pounds. I used primarily Starline Bees from York Bee Company.

When I decided to resume beekeeping in 2005, I knew things had changed, so I began by subscribing once again to Gleanings in Bee Culture, except the name had changed to Bee Culture. I also picked up a new copy of The Hive and the Honey Bee. My reading and study indicated that I had to deal with trachael mites and Varroa mites, as well as the Small Hive Beetle, and possibly a new strain of Nosema. Starlines were no longer available, and there were many new choices.

I decided to use bees that were resistant, and did not require chemical treatments.

Based on the book The Backyard Beekeeper I decided to use 8-frame medium equipment. I ordered 2 – 3# packages of “Allstar” bees from B. Weaver, in Navasota, TX. They were hived April 8, 2006. In April 2007, I switched from medium 8-frame to medium 10-frame. Neither hive built up and produced as I thought they should, so I converted in March/April 2008 to 10-frame deep equipment.

At that time, I used foundation, fed sugar syrup, and treated with Fumagilin-B for Nosema.

Now, February 2010, I have 14 colonies that seem to be thriving.

Purpose of this Report

Originally I had planned to call this a “Study” but since it will be more of a report, with no control colonies on my part, I’m simply going to call it a Report.

My purpose in doing this is to discern the long-term viability of my colonies by not treating for mites. I did not medicate for Nosema in 2009, and because of some controversy about the detrimental effects of medications in the gut of healthy bees on their beneficial microbes, at this point I am discontinuing preventive treatments with Fumigilin-B.

The success or failure of this program will be revealed by the hives that survive, and those that die. Some have stated that bees not treated will crash. Well, all colonies run the risk of dying out. Does failure to treat guarantee death to the colony? I don’t think so. We’ll see.

NOTE! I am the first to admit this is not a scientific study. It is simply a thorough report on one beekeeper’s experience of going treatment-free, while expanding the number of colonies and attempting to get a honey harvest. If someone thinks something different should be done, I invite you to do it, and post it here on the BeeSource Forum. If someone thinks we should have a survey type scientific study, construct such an instrument, and do it. I am not a scientist. I’m simply reporting on what I’m doing, and the results. I want to see if going treatment-free is a viable option for the contemporary beekeeper. I believe we’ll have a better understanding, at the conclusion of this six-year report.

Methodology:

1.  The Bees.  My studies indicate the key to Treatment Free is the selection of bees.  I have sought out those strains of bees that have been raised without treatment.  My sources to date have been:

a)  B. Weaver “Allstars”, packages and queens.  www.beeweaver.com

b)  Purvis Brothers, for queens.  Although their business is for sale, I do not know the status of their operation.

c)  Minnesota Hygenic, from several different sources.

d)  Russians, from both Jester Bee Co.  (www.jesterbee.com/Beesales.html and Hubert Tubbs Apiaries (www.russianbreeder.org)

e)  In the next couple of years I plan to look at adding SMR and VSH bees to the mix.  And I’ll be open to other possibilities as they become available.

By using these strains, and maintaining my records, I hope to discover which strains do best in my geographical area, both for survival, and honey production.

2. “No Treatment” means I shall not put any medications in my hives. Nothing for mites, nothing for Nosema. No essential oils, no powdered sugar dustings, no treatments of any kind.

3. I will however trap for the Small Hive Beetle. What works for me at this time is the cd jewel box, baited with crisco, powdered sugar, and boric acid. The beetles can get into the case, but can’t get out. Bees cannot get in, if I don’t make the openings too large. I have had more success with this, than with Hoods, or AJ’s beetle traps. For me, the West trap is simply too expensive. There may be other methods I might consider as they arise.

4. Mite counts. This will scandalize some, but I will not do mite counts. See #1 and #5.

5. Variables. There are many reasons a colony dies. It goes hopelessly queenless; it absconds; it is robbed out; ants; skunks; bears; wasps; disease; starvation; lack of sufficient forage; beekeeper negligence; beekeeper error; the list goes on. It is my intent in my reportage that we can see what may have killed or caused a colony’s demise. It is my hope and plan that the variables can be accounted for. Time will tell.

6. Deformed Wing Virus. Whenever I check my hives through the year, I examine bees for dwv.  I particularly look at any dead bees I might find.  Observations will be reported for each hive.

7. I will begin the report when I hived my first packages April 8, 2006. I will end the report in November or December, 2011. That will give a total of 6 seasons, four that have past, and two coming. One commenter on the forum said such a test could only take a month. I believe six years is a more valid test.

- This will cover all splits, additional honey bee purchases, requeenings, etc. etc. etc. Anything I do with the hives will be reported.

- We will know which type of bees I use, and how they perform under the same management practices.

8. My apiaries are stationary.

a) I have 3 apiaries currently, will be expanding to 4 this season.

b) #1 is called “Home.” These hives are in my back yard, in the city of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. This locale produces a dark, stronger but good honey.

c) #2 is called “Mark A.” It is on approximately 200 acres of white clover pasture in the Mark Twain National Forest, 9.5 miles NW of my home. This locale produces a typical light clover honey.

d) #3 is called “Mark B.” It is on the same land as Mark A, but 1/2 mile further north. The reason for this is that Mark A has no room for more than 10 colonies.

e) #4 is called “Jan.” It is on land owned by a friend, approximately 3 miles as the crow files from the Mark apiaries. This too is in the Mark Twain National Forest. Forage is mixed, with very little clover. Mainly trees, wildflowers, local gardens, etc. This locale produces a darker, but good flavored honey.

9. Expansion. I currently (February 20, 2010) have 14 colonies. By the end of this season I hope to have 32-38 colonies. By the end of 2011 when this program concludes, I plan to have at least 50 colonies.

10. Honey production. I keep bees because I find them interesting. They get me outdoors, and keep my physically active. I build my own equipment. But I need the honey production to finance them, as well as in a few years fund my desire for travel and fun. I will report on the honey production each year, of each hive.

11. Weather. As weather plays an important role in the life of the honeybee, I am beginning a daily calendar diary of our local weather. However, it will be based primarily on what happens at my house, as this is where I am all the time. Weather, particularly rain or snowfall, will be different between the various apiaries, because of distance involved.

12. Queens. I am currently using Purvis, Russians, B. Weaver “Allstar”, and Minnesota Hygenic. I plan to add SMR or VSH stock as well. From my studies all indications are that the more varied your genetics, the stronger your bees. With the exception of the Russians – they have an apparent need to be kept pure. But the more varied the behavioral traits in the colony, the more apt they’ll take care of all the problems. My goal is to eventually let my bees raise their own queens, and interbreed with whatever is out there. For this reason I mark my queens but do not clip. If they swarm, I want them to swarm successfully! That can only help my requeening program. I calculate that five years from now I’ll have what others have called “mutts.” But if they thrive and survive and produce bees and honey, what’s the loss.

Materials:

Each hive will be on blocks of wood, a hive stand, screened bottom board, slatted rack, two deeps for the brood nest, a medium or shallow for honey reserves over winter, and shallow extracting supers. Inner Cover and Telescoping outer cover.

I will run 10 frames (converting to foundationless this year) in the brood nest, and 9 frames in the extracting supers.

Feeding: I attempt to leave enough honey on for winter stores. Two brood boxes, as the bees fill them, plus a shallow or medium super for additional winter stores. I will feed sugar syrup as needed, especially to stimulate brood rearing and comb building. I will also feed Mega Bee, per instructions.

I do not wrap in the winter.

The Experiment

We will follow each of my colonies for a period of six years. At this point it will be in narrative form. At the end of each year I will give a summary overview. Bees used, how they compared to each other. Which ones (if any) died. As the program evolves, I may add in other data. I plan to keep this simple, and cheap. Time is also precious to me. Reports will be made when appropriate. Sometimes monthly, sometimes weekly, depending on the time of the year.

Weather. I am going to construct and keep a calendar that notes weather conditions, and bloom.

Conclusions. I think any conclusion will be obvious: Either the colony died, or it didn’t. I got a honey crop, or I didn’t.

The records I keep are for my use and growth.  This project is helping me improve my record-keeping.  If this is beneficial to you, I am pleased.  Thank you for reading.

TREATMENT FREE NARRATIVE REPORT
by StevenG
 
Annual Summations
In this first section of the Narrative Report, I’ll present an annual summation that I make for myself, to help prepare for the next season. The following section, “Individual Hive Details,” goes into detail on each hive.
 
 
  

2006

The first two colonies built up well, but don’t know why they didn’t make a surplus this first year.  Might have been weather, or small brood nest.   In 2007, convert to 10-frame medium.  No honey surplus this year.

2007

Trying to get the model T’s ready for next year’s Centennial Celebration put me behind. I lost swarms. HAVE to do better next year. Mediums just don’t seem to be cutting it for me. Switch to deep brood boxes next year. Make 5 shallows for each colony.  Buy some MnHygenic next year. Harvested 43 pounds of dark, but nicely flavored, honey.

2008

Ordered the MnH package early January. Both hives swarmed. Conversion to deeps went well, but set me back. MnH package did well. Small Hive Beetle a bit of a problem… Hood’s aren’t working for me. Ordered AJ’s, they helped. Hive tool did the best job ;-). Started the year with 2 colonies, completed with 3. In December I ordered two Russian nucs, and 3 B. Weaver queens for next spring. Harvested 80 pounds of good flavored, dark honey, from the three hives. All things considered, not bad.

2009

My plan, split my three hives with new queens up to six. Add the two nucs. I read somewhere that late season splits with new queens would get better queens from breeders, and would enable build-up for winter. So order 6 queens to arrive after the flow, and make splits up to 14 hives.

Hive #2 died. Did not take pictures, will next time. Thus March 1, I started with two live hives, got my two Russian nucs, and by making splits, completed 2009 with 14 colonies. My second 6 queens came from Purvis, but later than planned. This was not a good idea, got to plan better for 2010.

In marking queens for introduction, sigh… two of them flew away… never could get them back. Queen muff ordered, arrived for next time. That mistake won’t happen again.

Started with 2 colonies, ended with 14. Harvested 151 pounds of honey.

Fall, read about the Mountain Camp Method of feeding dry sugar. Not wanting to risk losing any colonies, I’m trying that this year.

December, ordered 2 Russian nucs, and 2 MnH nucs and 6 queens, for early spring pickup.

 2010

I began 2010 with 14 colonies.  As of March 15, I have lost only one, hive #4.  All the rest are being fed sugar syrup if needed. 

Splits/nucs – end of March, first of April, I started making splits.   As I wanted plenty of young bees to take care of the queen cell, my 4 frame nucs consisted of three frames of brood, larvae, and eggs, with some pollen and honey.  The fourth frame was the fullest of pollen from the donor hive.  These nucs will then raise their own queens.  The queens will be mutts, labeled after the parent queen…for instance, Purvis Mutt.  

May 8 – with purchase of 4 nucs, and 5 queens, plus walk away splits and hiving one swarm, I’m now at 31 colonies.  Will stop there for this year, and concentrate on honey production and building up the new colonies for this coming winter.

May 16 – of the 5 queens, 4 have disappeared or were dead.  1 was still in the queen cage, I released her, she moved down into the hive.  I have ordered 5 queens from B.Weaver, for delivery week of May 24th.  Extremely frustrating.

July 31 – Pathetically poor harvest early July.  The clover harvest failed due to weather in May, and I lost some swarms.  180 pounds total, 16 pounds per hive average, from “productive” hives.   Moved to soybeans, and hoping.  Have lost a total of 7 colonies this year.  One early spring, 6 this summer, for various reasons – see details.

September 19  -  Records have been updated.  Soybeans saved my summer!  well, they helped, anyway.   It was still a bad year for me.  I harvested a total of 500.5 pounds of honey from 13 colonies, which gave me a 38.5 pound average per colony.  Like they say, there’s always next year!  Now to get them ready for winter.

2011 

I ended 2010 with 26 colonies.  Checked them the first time March 1 and 3, 2011.  At that point, I had 4 deadouts, and 2 I am concerned about.    I have 20 queens on order from B. Weaver, to be picked up April 6 in Missouri.  Will be making splits to increase count to 45-50 colonies.

Individual Hive Details

 HIVE #1 -  Purvis queen

2006

April 8 - Hived in 8-frame medium equipment. Fed sugar syrup frequently.

June 8 – Colony consists of 3 meds of brood, 2 honey supers.

June 20 – Removed entrance reducer

June 22 – 3 clusters/clumps of bees on entrance board.

June 24 – Very agitated. Queenless?

July 8 – About the same.

July 23 – Some sealed honey in supers 4 &5. Supers 1-3 are brood.

August 6 – No real change

Oct.-Nov. – Fed three gallons of sugar syrup.

2007

Feb. 22 - Temp. was 65, bees bringing in pollen.

Feb. 27 - same

Mar. 9 - Warm enough to check brood nest. Honey and pollen bound. Did a little rearranging.  Have not needed to feed.

April ? - Wish I had noted the date! put super of foundation on. Now 6 medium 8-frames tall.

April 29 - Switched from 8-frame medium to 10-frame mediums. Nice brood pattern, but brood onlyin two boxes, one box empty.  Convert in 2008 to 10-frame deep.

Labor day weekend – Pulled one partially filled super. 22 pounds of honey extracted.

Sept. 29 - Very little sealed honey. Removed 2 empty supers, left three for brood and stores.  Danger of starving. Apparently no fall flow.

Oct. 3 - Fed 1 gallon syrup.

Oct. 7 - Feed gone, gave another gallon.  drought this year has hurt!

2008

SpringGot behind! Switched over to 10-frame deeps, put brood on bottom, let them move up into foundation. When medium boxes emptied on bottom, I pulled them to use for extracted honey.   Lost a swarm… my mistake. Queens for requeening did not arrive as soon as hoped.

Mid-April -  Queens arrived from Weaver, requeened. Hive building up into second 10-frame deep.

July 1 – Two deep brood boxes on bottom, two mediums for honey on top. Brood nicely done, boxes fairly full of pollen, brood, and honey.  Two mediums not so heavy.Labor Day weekend – Pulled one partially filled medium super, left the other on. Extracted 20 pounds dark honey. Nice flavor though.

2009

Spring - The hive apparently was superceded. Might have lost a swarm. It is HOT!!!

April 16 – Made a split with a new B. Weaver Queen, left old queen in hive #1. New split became hive #2, replacing dead-out (see notes, hive #2).

May 7 - Purvis Queens arrived! Requeened and split again. #1 now has a PURVIS queen, and new split is now #6, with Purvis queen, moved to Jan’s.

July 12 - Building up good.

August 1 - Split again! #1 remains at home with original (Purvis) queen. New #9 moved to Mark A.  Installed deep foundation to replace removed comb. Hive consists of one deep brood box, 3 medium 10-frame. Did not have another deep box, so left two mediums on top of the deep, for brood.

Labor Day - Pulled super, extracted 29 pounds of honey. Left 2 mediums on as food chambers.

November - Gave 5# sugar, Mountain Camp Method… I’m slightly paranoid.

Dec. 14 – Still had at least 4 pounds of the dry sugar, but they have taken a little bit.

2010

Jan. 26 - Cluster seems to be in the bottom brood box. Top two med. supers still have sealed honey. At least 3/4 of the 5# dry sugar remains.

Feb 20 - Bright sunny day, temp 57. Bees very active, and bringing in pollen. Not sure where – no dandelions, no redbuds yet.

Mar. 15 -  almost 5 pounds of granulated sugar there, removed it, removed the super around it.  Top medium super had some sealed honey, empty comb.  Next medium super down had brood, very little honey, some pollen.  Did not go further, the weather was too cool, bees too angry.  I put a feeder on, and will add syrup tonight.

Mar. 27 -  Slowly taking syrup.  Top box mostly empty.  some eggs and brood in middle box.  Queen was down in bottom box, didn’t go there.  Temp 58, bees real cranky.  Weather cool, light breeze. 

Mar. 30 -  No feed necessary, not strong enough to pull a nuc yet.

April 11 -  Ok, no change.   Some feed left.  Next time check to bottom board, AJ trap ok.

April 18 -  Feeder empty, nice brood and eggs in top deep.  Leave feeder on, but don’t feed.  When split with new queen, make two splits, feed then.  Did not check bottom box.  Ran out of time.

May 2 -  Feeder empty.  Fresh built comb in top deep brood box.  Added shallow super of foundation, removed feeder.

May 6  -  Pulled 1 frame of honey and bees, 1 frame of sealed brood as nuc for #22.

May 8 -  top shallow empty.

May 16 -  top shallow still empty. 

May 22  -  Removed entrance reducer.  Drawing out 3 frames in shallow now.

May 29  -  3 frames not drawn, add shallow next time?

June 4  -  Super not quite full, added 1 above and 1 below, foundation.

June 25  -  top and bottom foundation supers empty.  Middle partially full. 

July 3  -  Pulled honey, extracted 14 lbs.

July 5  -  returned supers for clean up.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  top super full, middle filling, bottom just started drawing.

Aug. 7  -  Top is full, middle still has 3 frames to draw, but it’s like the flow has stopped.

Aug. 15  -  Starting to draw middle frames, bottom super.

Aug 22  -  Middle super not full, drawing frames in bottom super.

Sept. 9  -  pulled and extracted 27 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 41 lbs.

2011

March 1 -  Sunny, temp. 50.  Hive rather hot.  Top box full of bees, not heavy enough though.  Brood in middle medium.  Did not go into bottom two mediums.  Added deep of honey on top from dead out.  Hive was actually boiling over with bees.

HIVE #2 -B. Weaver queen

2006
April 15 – Queen laying, doing well.

June 8 – 3 supers of brood, real solid. 2 honey supers, 1 filling, 1 foundation still.

June 18 – Super 5, some white wax.

June 20 – Left entrance reducer in.

June 22 – Bees doing well, very active.

June 24 – #5 still empty, #4 partial honey.

July 8 – #5 empty, #4 almost fully sealed.

July 23 – Backfilling into #3, reversed supers 4 and 5.

Aug. 6 – no real change

Oct/Nov. – Fed 3 gallons of syrup in zip lock bags. Did not harvest any honey.

April 8 – Hived on 8-frame medium. Feeding.

2007

Feb. 22 -Temp 65, bees bringing in pollen

Feb. 27 – ditto

Mar. 9 - Temp warm enough to check brood. Honey and pollen bound, did some rearranging. Have not needed to feed.

April – Installed super of foundation

April 29 - Converted from 8-frame to 10-frame. Did not find queen, but eggs and larvae.   One brood box empty.  Convert to deep in 2008.

Labor Day - Pulled one partially filled super, extracted 21 pounds of very dark honey.   But good flavor!
Sept. 29 - Pulled 2 empty supers, very little honey in hive, plenty of pollen. No fall flow, danger of starving.

Oct. 3 – Fed gallon of syrup

Oct. 7 - Feed gone, gave another gallon.  Drought this year has hurt!

2008
Spring  - Got behind this year. Lost at least one swarm. Requeening plan did not work as I did not get the queens ordered soon enough. Seems like the second or third generation of Weaver queens are hot? Got to check this out.
 
 Summer – honey in supers July 1 was all I got in Sept
 
Labor Day  - Harvested, about 30 pounds of dark honey.
 
2009

March 1 – Hive is dead. Did a postmortem, made a big mistake by not taking pictures. Will next time. Very slight evidence of wax moth in top two supers, maybe 12 cells in all.

  • Top super: 5 frames sealed honey and empty brood cells, 2 with a few scattered sealed brood, and a teacup-small half-dollar size cluster of dead bees.
  • 3 frames of sealed honey. 2 outside frames empty.
  • Bottom super: 4 frames empty, 6 frames sealed and unsealed honey. A very few scattered dead bees. Some sealed and emerging (dead) brood on 3 frames.
  • Top brood box: 1 ½ empty frames, lots of pollen and sealed honey on other frames. 28 sealed brood scattered over 2 frames.
  • Bottom brood box: 1 outside frame completely empty. 3 frames with bands of honey. Rest had pollen, a couple lots of it, maybe 2 doz. Dead bees scattered.
  • Bottom board: about half covered with dead bees, did not find queen. Several dead bees had Deformed Wing Virus. No evidence of small hive beetles.

April 16 – New hive #2 with split from #1, B. Weaver queen.

May 7 – Split this hive, left B. Weaver queen in parent.   Split is #14, with a Purvis queen, moved to Mark A

Labor Day – Pulled two partially filled supers, harvested 67 pounds of honey.

November – Seems to be doing ok, but slightly paranoid. Gave 5# dry sugar, MCM.

Dec. 14 – dry sugar gone, added #5 sugar.

2010

Jan. 26 - Seems to be some sealed honey, but cluster appears to be spread ca. ½ thick over the 5 center frames. 1/3 of the sugar is left. Check in 2 weeks?

Feb. 11 - A slight amount of sugar left. Added 5#.

Mar. 15 -  Amazing!!!  The granulate sugar was gone, and in the super I put on to feed the sugar, they were building comb!  Started from the top of frame 5 below, building upward, had gotten about 6 inches, then it fell over, forming an arch.  They had started some comb from the inner cover, about 2 inches wide, and 3 inches long.  I removed the comb, and checked the super below.  some eggs, larvae, very little brood.  Some sealed honey and pollen.  The bees were very upset, so I did not go further down.  It is 53, heavy overcast, light cool breeze.  I had to check them today as I’m leaving town tomorrow.  So I took a deep of foundationless frames, added a frame of comb and honey from the dead-0ut, and installed it on top.  I put a syrup feeder on top, and tonight will feed 2 gallons of syrup.  If they want to build comb, I’ll encourage them.  This is my strongest hive by far.

Mar. 27 -  Feeder empty.  4 foundationless frames drawn out, 2 started, 3 empty.  Mostly drone comb.  Pattern given was nice worker brood comb.  eggs and some larvae in center two frames, nice patttern, but not many.  Queen down below, didn’t look for her as they were very cranky.  Feed on Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  Made up a 4-frame nuc, called Hive #19.  Fed 2 gallons syrup to parent, gallon to nuc.

April 11 -  Doing good, removed feeder.  Added shallow super of foundation, 2 AJ traps.

April 18 -  Haven’t started working in top shallow yet.  Checked at 3:15, 4:45 hived a swarm that came from this colony – Tues. rearrange boxes, check all the way to the bottom board.

April 20 - SWARMED!  After I checked it!  Checked it to the bottom board.  Top shallow, empty.  Deep, NF frames have drones emerging, honey being stored.  Deep, lot of empty cells, some new larvae and eggs in middle frames.  Med. on bottom, wall to wall sealed brood.  Swarm hived as #21.

May 2 -  Nothing in the top shallow, not even drawing.  Top deep almost full of honey.

May 6 -  Pulled 1 frame of honey, pollen, and bees, and one frame of sealed brood, to make up Hive #23.  Pulled one frame of honey for nuc at Mark B site.

May 8 -  Top deep almost full, new NF frames drawn well.  Put top shallow of foundation under top deep box.

May 16  -  Shallow was full!  Added second shallow of foundation under first shallow.

May 22  -  Botom shallow more than half drawn.  Rearranged frames.  Put new shallow between the bottom two shallows.

May 29  -  Middle shallow empty, bottom shallow almost full.  Reversed them. Reversed full top deep and shallow, easier to handle that way.  need 3′ step ladder to work hive now.

June 4  -  Bottom shallow being drawn, but really empty.  Next shallow 2/3 full.  Left bottom shallow, then added med. wet, then another shallow of foundation.

June 25  -  Bottom shallow empty, moved to top.  Mid shallow 2/3 full.   Top med. has brood in it now!  I put it on the bottom of the extracting stack. 

July 2  -  pulled honey, extracted 40 lbs.

July 5  -  returned supers for clean up.

July 31  -  moved bottom medium super to top of 2 brood boxes.  Top deep and shallow filling with honey.

Aug. 7  -  Top med super is filling.  Did not check top deep honey super.

Sept. 7  -  Brood in top deep honey super.  Pulled top med.  Extracted 20 lbs. honey.

         Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

          Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

         Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 60 lbs.

 2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp. 51.  Hive very cranky!  From bottom to top – deep, deep, medium, deep.  Top deep heavy with honey, no brood.  Bees boiling out of next super, did not go further.  Hive very heavy.

HIVE #3 – MnHygenic

2008

April 15 – In the “Home” yard, hived a 3# package of MnHygenic in 10-frame, deep equipment. Fed and supered as needed. Honey in the supers July 1 was all I got.

Labor Day - Pulled 2 partially filled supers, harvested 30 pounds of dark honey.

 2009

April – Apparently lost a swarm.  Didn’t have equipment to add, new queens didn’t arrive, apparently I didn’t order them soon enough.

May 7 - Requeened with a Purvis queen, and split – First split became hive #4, Purvis Queen.  Second split became hive #5, Purvis queen.
 

Aug. 1 - split again, making hive #11, Purvis queen. Worked to build it up for winter.

 Nov. - Has honey stores, but fed 5# dry sugar, just in case.

  Dec. 14 – Still most of the sugar there, added none.

 2010

 Jan. 26 – Still had about 2# dry sugar.

Mar. 11 – Queen active in the bottom box, 3 frames brood.  Did not reverse.  FEED!

Mar. 14 - Added hive top feeder, 2 gallons of syrup.

Mar. 27 -   Feeder empty.  top box empty.  Feed on Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  gave 1-2 gal syrup.

April 5 -  too weak to split, still in bottom brood box.  Doing well though.  Added syrup.

April 11  -  Drawing foundation in top box nicely.  Still had ca. 1.5 gal  syrup.  Added AJ traps in both boxes.

April 18  -  Feeder empty. Drawing foundation in top box, brood in 2 frames.  Feed Tuesday, 4-20-10.

April 20 -  gave 1 gal. syrup.

April 24 -  3 deep frames yet to draw.  Fed ca. 1/2 gal syrup.  Next week, remove feeder and add shallow of foundation?

May 2 -  Enlarged entrance, added shallow super of foundation.

May 6 -  pulled 1 frame of honey and pollen, and one frame of sealed brood, moved to Mark B as Hive #31.

May 8 -  Shallow untouched, frames instlaled 5/6 almost drawn.

May 16  -  shallow empty.

May 22  -  Still no action in shallow.  Add a wet one next time.

May 29  -  shallow almost full, added shallow under it.

June 4  -  top shallow almost full, bottom well underway, drawing and filling all frames.  Added shallow under, and wet med. above bottom shallow.

June 22 -  top super full, 2 & 3 partial, bottom empty.

July 2  -  pulled honey, extracted 10 lbs.

July 5  -  returned super for clean up.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  two supers full, added shallow of foundation under them.

Aug. 7  -  Top and middle full, drawing all frames in bottom.

Aug. 15  -  check bottom next time, may need to add super.

Aug. 22  -  Drawing last 2 frames in bottom.  Add super next time?

Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 52 lbs. honey.

          Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

         Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

          Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 62 lbs.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Watch this one.  Small cluster top of bottom box.  Toip box full of honey.  Small cluster Feb-Mar. 2010 also.  Top box heavy with honey.

 

    HIVE #4 – Purvis queen

 2009

 May 7 – Split made from #3. Fed heavily, built up well.

 Aug. 1 - Split, making #12, Purvis queen.

 Labor Day – Pulled 2 partial supers, harvested 29 pounds of light honey.

 November – Fed 5# dry sugar.

 Dec. 14 – Most of the sugar still there, added none.

 2010

 Jan. 26 – Still had 5# sugar, sealed honey visible in top super.

Mar. 11 -  Dead.    Post-mortem indicates the hive starved and chilled… or chilled and starved.  Robbing took most of the honey, as idicated by torn cappings and ragged cell edges.  In the top brood box there was a small cluster of bees in the cells of frames 4 & 5, maybe 100 total.. many head down in cells, rest on top, dead.    In the bottom box, frames 1,2,3 were empty, with very little pollen.  The outside of frame 4 had a 5″ cluster, that apparently found food, was separated from  main cluster, chilled and died.  Inside of frame 4 was empty.  Outside of frame 5 was empty except for about 40 sealed brood, scattered, dead.  Inside of frame 5, and freames 6 and 7 held the main cluster, about softball sized.  As I scraped the dead bees I found the queen.  No deformed wings to be seen.   Conclusion, they starved.  Cold apparently prevented them from moving upstairs into honey stores. 

May 6, 2010 -  Restarted with 2 frames of brood and honey from #14 – had 2 swarm cells, I’ll let them raise their own queen – Purvis daughter.

May 7 -  fed 2 gal. syrup.

May 16  -  syrup empty, gave 2 gal.  5 frrames drawn/drawing.  Ants!

May 18  -  Did not need feed. sprayed for ants.

May 22  -  3 queen cells open, did not see queen or eggs.  Check next time.  Fed 2 gallons.

May 29  -  found eggs, rearranged frames, fed.

June 4  -  Found queen, all is well, fed.

June 22  -  not taking feed.  Bait frame only one drawn in top brood box.

June 26  -  Fed 1 gal. in left side of feeder.

July 5  -  3 frames to draw, fed. 

July 31  -  Fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug. 7  -  Still drawing foundationless frames in top box, will need to keep feeding.

Aug. 16  -  Fed.

          Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

           Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

            Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Very strong cluster in bottom box, did not like being examined.  Put empty feeder on.  Reverse next time?

 

 HIVE #5 – Purvis Queen

 2009

 May 7 – Made split from #3, with a Purvis queen.  Fed heavily, and built up all season. Two story, deep, 10-frame equip.

 Aug. 1 – Split this colony, making hive #13. Left original queen in #5.  #13 has Purvis queen.

 Nov. – Fed 5# dry sugar.

 Dec. 14 – added 5# dry sugar.

 2010

 Jan. 26 – Still had 5# dry sugar, bees feeding on it.

Mar. 11 – 3 frames of brood in top brood box, pollen coming in.  Reverse next time?

Mar. 27 – Great brood pattern and sealed honey in top box.  Bottom brood box empty, reversed.  Put on hive top feeder.  Feed Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  gave 2 gal. syrup.

April 5 -  Too weak to split, but growing nicely.  Still in bottom brood box, top box empty.  Fed. 

April 11 -  Top box, no brood, stil 1 galmoved old AJ, added new AJ trap.  Saw 1 beetle.

April 18 -  Feeder empty, brood in 3.5 frames in top box.  Check Sat. 4-24.

April 24 -  Some nectar, nice brood patter in top box.  Removed feeder.  Add shallow next time?

May 2 -  doing ok, add shallow next time?

May 8 -  Added shallow super of foundation.

May 16  -  Drawing 4 frames in shallow.  Add shallow May 22?

May 22 -  Drawing half the frames in shallow, added second shallow of foundation.

May 29  -  rearranged frames in bottom shallow, left as is.

June 4  -  Bottom shallow almost done, top S. empty, reversed the two, gave new shallow of foundation on top.

June 22  -  Top shallow empty, bottom 2 almost full.

July 2  -  pulled honey, extracted 10 lbs.

July 5  -  returned supers for clean up.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  almost drawn bottom foundation super, none sealed in top two supers.  Added foundation super on bottom.

Aug. 7  -  Top foundation empty.  other 3 almost full.

Aug. 15  -  no real change, as if flow has stopped.

Aug 22  -  No real change.

Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 37 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 47 lbs.

 2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  DEAD.  Autopsy indicates queen failure.  No dead brood.  Plenty of stores.  Very small amount of bees in tiny cluster, and not many dead bees on bottom board. 


 HIVE #6 – Purvis queen

 2009

 May 7 – Split made from #1, Purvis queen installed. Fed heavily, moved to Jan’s.

 Aug. 1 – Split. Host #6 stayed at Jan’s.   New hive #10 given Purvis queen, moved to Mark A

 Nov. – Fed 5# dry sugar.

 Dec. 14 – Fed ca. 7# dry sugar, previous gone.

 2010

 Jan. 26 – Fed 5# sugar. Although the cluster was low in the colony, and there seemed to be sealed honey in the top super… But they’re taking the sugar. And not dumping it outside.

Mar. 11 – Top box is medium, with brood and queen.  Middle box is medium, with brood.  Bottom box is deep, empty.  I put the middle box with brood on the bottom, so as the brood hatched out, it would be empty.  The top box with the queen and brood I put in the middle, and the empty deep I put on top.  That way the queen would move up, and I could add another deep, and remove the medium boxes after the brood hatched out.  Need to FEED.  Removed bottom plywood insert, cleaned bottom.

Mar. 14 -  Added hive top feeder, 2 gallons syrup.

Mar. 27 -  Feeder empty.  Some eggs and brood in top deep.  Middle medium is wall-to-wall brood.  Did not go to bottom empty, rather cranky.  Feed Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  Fed 1-2 gal. syrup. 

April 5 -  Add deep brood super next Sat. and feed.    Might be possible to split Sat.

April 11 -  2 med. 1 deep boxes, added AJ traps, and 1 deep NF box and 1 AJ trap, 3 gal. syrup.

April 18 -  Still had ca. 1.5 gal syrup, have just started drawing 1 frame in NF box. 

April 20 -  Fed 1 gal. syrup

April 24 -  top box, 1 frame comb, drawing 1 NF frame, 8 NF empty.  Fed 1.5 gal syrup.  Next time, replace inner cover.

May 2 -  Still had 8 NF frames undrawn, gave 2.5 gal. syrup.

May 8  -  Working on 1 NF frame (1 frame comb given in box as a guide), 8 NF still undrawn.  Added syrup.

May 16  -  Only working 1 nf frame, 8 still undrawn.  Added syrup.

May 18  -  Did not need feed.

May 22  -  Still drawing top deep.  Added feed.

May 29  -  8 frames undrawn, fed.

June 4  -  8 frames still to draw.  fed.

June 22  -  Feeder still has some in it.  Top brood box empty.  Bottom brood box full of honey, 2 bottom mediums full of brood and pollen.

June 26  -  changed out feeders, fed.  top box still empty.

July 5  -  still had 9 frames to draw, fed.

July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug. 7  -  Still have 7 frames to draw, keep feeding.

Aug. 16  -  fed

Aug. 31  -  Fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  From bottom to top – Med, Med with brood, deep with 4 frames of honey, rest empty.  Good condition.  Will probably need to feed to get them to draw out the other frames.

 

HIVE #7 – Russian

2009

April 4 - Saturday, picked up 2 nucs of Russians. 5 frame nuc from Jester Bee Co, West Ridge, Ark. Installed at Jan’s, fed heavily.

Labor Day - Had built up to 2 deep brood boxes, 2 shallow supers.  Pulled partially filled super of honey, extracted 26 pounds of dark honey.

November – Weak fall flow, fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 - Fed 10# dry sugar.

2010

Jan. 26 – Still had 3# sugar.  Cluster seemed to be low in the hive.

Mar. 11 - Wonderful brood patter, strong.  Reversed.  Feed!  Removed bottom plywood closure, cleaned bottom board.

Mar. 14 -  Added hive top feeder, 2 gallons syrup.

Mar. 27 -  1 gallon syrup left.  Top box empty.  Some stored nectar/syrup.  VERY cranky.  Weather related.  Check feed on Tuesday, check hive on Sat. April 1.  NOTE – I’m not too happy with this queen.  see about requeening with purchased Russian Queen…  and splitting with new R. Queen?  Do not split with this queen!

Mar. 30 -  Fed one gal. syrup. 

April 11 -  Sealed brood and eggs in top box, lots of empty comb tough.  Did not go into bottom box though.  Added AJ trap and 1 gal. syrup.  ANTS  – loads on inner cover, killed all… sprayed ground. 

April 18  -  Feeder empty.  Top box, lots of sealed brood, some white wax.  Added shallow super of foundation.  Left innere cover so bees could exit.  Remove next time.

April 24 -  Removed feeder, not drawing shallow super yet.  Split next time?  to hive #26?

May 2 -  started drawing two frames, decided not to spllit yet.  Add 2nd shallow next time?

May 8 -  shallow 1/2 started.

 May 16  -  Rearranged frames in shallow, 4 undrawn.  Added 2nd super of foundation.

May 22  -  Reversed shallows, removed entrance reducer.

May 29  -  2 frames not drawn in top super, 3 frames not drawn in bottom.  Added shallow on top.

June 4  -  Top shallow empty, other 2 being worked.  Added med. wet between both shallows.

June 22 -  top empty, middle full, bottom partial.

July 2  -  pulled honey, extracted 38 lbs.

July 5  -  returned supers for clean up.

July 31  -  doing ok.  no new honey.

Aug. 7  -  Brood in top medium.  Very little honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 38 lbs.

2011

Mar. 3 -  Sunny, temp 66.  This hive MAY be queenless.  Removed empty bottom deep.  Top deep has SOME honey, very small patch of brood on frames 2, 3, 4, maybe baseball sized brood nest.  Some sealed.  I THINK I saw some eggs.  Could not find queen.  Put that deep on bottom, then medium with honey back on top.  Bees were bringing in pollen.  Brought empty deep bottom box home. 

 

HIVE #8 – Russian

2009

April 4 – Other Russian nuc from Jester Bee Co. Installed as first, on 10-frame deeps.  Fed heavily.

Labor Day -  Developed well.  2 deeps, one shallow.  did not pull honey.

Nov. – Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 - Fed ca. 9# dry sugar, had maybe one cup from previous feed.

2010

Jan. 26 – Cluster seemed to be high in the brood box. They got real active when I popped the lid to take a look. Got stung on the ankle.

Mar. 11 - Wonderful brood patter.  Reversed.  Feed!  removed bottom plywood closure, cleaned bottom board.  There was a lot of granulate sugar on the bottom plywood.  There was a lot of granulated sugar on the plywood.

Mar. 14 – added hive top feeder, 2 gallons syrup.

Mar. 27 -  Feeder empty.  Feed Tuesday, plan to split Sat. April 1.  Found one mite on one drone pupae out of 10 exposed when frames removed.

Mar. 30 -  gave 2 gal. syrup.

April 4 -  feeder empty.  did a 4 frame split, nuc now hive #20.    Added syrup.

April 11 -  Left feeder on, ca. 1 gal.  2 NF installed in each box almost drawn out.  Next week remove feeder, add super.  Ants found, killed and ground sprayed.

April 18 -  Feeder empty, top box sealed brood, NF frames drawn.  Did not feed.  Added shwft feeder above inner cover so bees could vacate.  Remove next time.

April 24 -  Removed feeder, a little bit of white wax on foundation on several frames, ca. quarter-sized…

May 2 -  7 frames of top shallow almost drawn, added 2nd shallow super of foundation.

May 8 -  bottom shallow almost done, top shallow not started yet.  Reverse them next time?

May 16  -  ok, no change.

May 22  -  Reverse shallows and add shallow next time. Removed entrance reducer.

May 29  -  bottom shallow almost finished, top empty, reversed them.

June 4  -  top ok, bottom being drawn, added wet med. between.

June 22  -  top almost full, middle partially drawn, bottom foundation empty.

July 2  -  pulled honey, extracted 12 lbs.

July 5  -  returned super for clean up.

July 31  -  doing ok, no new honey.

Aug. 7  -  very little honey in top medium.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive -  12 lbs.

2011

Mar. 3 - Sunny, temp. 66.  Small patch of brood in top deep.  Did not find eggs.  Bottom empty.  Reversed.  Left medium with sealed honey on top.  This one concerns me.

 

 HIVE #9 – Purvis queen

2009

Aug. 1 – Split from #1 at home, installed Purvis queen, moved to Mark A.

Nov. – Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 – ca. 1# left, gave another 5#.

2010

Jan. 26 - Apparently ok, bees active, but did not see cluster. Did not add any sugar.

Mar. 11 - Didn’t reverse, don’t need to feed.  Some brood in top box, check next time.

Mar. 27 -  Eggs and brood in top box, some stored honey/syrup.  Feed a bag of syrup on Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  gave one gallon syrup.

April 11 -  Bottom box- removed old AJ trap, installed new AJ trap.  New AJ top installed in top box, removed feeder.  Added shallow super of foundation.

April 18 -  Just barely starting to draw in the shallow super.

 April 24 -  Starting to draw #5 in shallow, add 2nd shallow next time?

May 2 -  drawing out shallow frames with plenty of honey.  5 frames with honey, added 2nd shallow on top.

May 8 -  top shallow empty, bottom shallow almost full.  Baited top shallow w/frame from below.  Reverse shallows next time?

May 16  -  Reversed shallows, still working on last 3 frames in the now top shallow.  Bottom shallow empty.

May 22  -  Bottom shallow empty, drawing center frames in top shallow.

May 29  -  4 center frames in top undrawn, bottom shallow empty, left as is.

June 4  -  Top same, 2 frames being drawn in bottom, left as is.

June 22  -  both supers partially drawn and filled.

July 2  -  consolidated, did not pull honey.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  top super full, bottom drawing and filling, added foundation super on bottom.

Aug. 7  -  top full, middle filling, starting to draw and fill bottom.

Aug. 15 -  check middle 3 frames inbottom next time, add super? 

Aug. 22  -  bottom super drawn, not full.  Added super of drawn comb above bottom super.

Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 27 lb. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 27 lbs.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp. 54.  Very small cluster with dark bodied queen laying, in top right of top deep.  Bottom deep empty.  Medium on top full of honey.  If winter abates, this colony should make it.  Slow build up last year also.

 

HIVE #10 -  Purvis queen

2009

Aug. 1 - Split from #6 hive, installed Purvis queen.

Nov. - Fed 5# dry sugar

Dec. 14 – 1/3 sugar gone, gave 5# more.

2010

Jan.  26 – ca 3# sugar left, bees doing ok.

Mar. 11 – Queen in top box, reverse next time, no feed necessary.

Mar. 27 -  Don’t need to do a thing.  Honey and brood in top box.  Be prepared to split Sat. April 1.

Mar. 30 -   did nothing. needed nothing.

April 5 -  Split to nuc, hive #18.  Added syrup.

April 11 -  Replaced old AJ in bottom with new AJ trap.  Top box- removed cross-comb from NF frame and comb frame, installed AJ trap.

April 18  -  Feeder empty, let bees vacate and rempve next time.  Most all frames drawn, gave shallow super of foundation.

April 24 -  Ready to start drawing shallow, lot of bees up there, no new comb though.

May 2 -  enlarged entrance.  No activity in top shallow.

May 8 -  top shallow empty.

May 16  -  top shallow empty.

May 22  -  Shallow empty.  Add wet one next time. 

May 29  -  Added wet medium under empty shallow foundation.

June 4  -  storing honey in bottom wet super, top shallow foundation empty, left as is.

June 22  -  top empty, bottom super partially filled.

July 2  -  pulled and extracted one (1) lb. honey.  sigh.

July 5  -  returned super.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  both supers empty.  Plenty of bees though.  Puzzling.  Go into brood boxes next time, see if they’re packing it in there.

Aug. 7  -  Slight amt. honey in bottom super, none in top.

Aug. 15  -  still empty.

Aug. 22  -  removed top super, bottom still empty.

Sept. 7 -  removed supers.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – one (1) pound

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Cluster has moved into bottom of top box, no brood in bottom.  I reversed. Added empty feeder on top.

 

HIVE #11  – Purvis queen

2009

Aug. 1 – Split made from #3, installed Purvis queen.

Nov.  – Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 – Almost all gone, gave 5# more.

2010

Jan. 26 – Ok, nothing needed, still had ca. 2.5 # dry sugar.

Mar. 11 - Reversed, doing great!  Feed.

Mar. 14 -  added hive top feeder, 2 gallons of syrup.

Mar. 27 -  Feeder empty.  Brood up top, with some sealed honey/syrup.  3 empty frames, no queen up top.  Feed Tuesday, check again on Sat.

Mar. 30 – gave 1-2 gal. syrup.

April 5 – split to nuc, hive #17.  Gave syrup.

April 11  -  Added AJ’s traps to both boxes.  Gave 2 gal. syrup.

April 18  -  Feeder empty.  NF frames drawn, mainly drone.  Added a shallow super of foundation.

April 24 -  shallow, lot of bees, no new comb.  Feeder – entrance full of burr comb and emerging bees.  Left above inner cover, remove when brood emerged.

May 2  -  Removed entrance reducer.  Brood not emerged from feeder comb.  Slight whitening of shallow foundation.

May 6  -  Pulled 3 frames, 1 with honey, 1 with 3 queen cells, 1 with sealed brood.  Saw 3 queen cells on another frame – 1 indicated a queen had emerged.  Letting the hive take care of things, guess I lost a swarm.  Frame with queen cells taken to Mark B as hive #32.  the other two frames were taken to Mark B as hive #29.

May 8  -  drawing the new brood NF frames, shallow super just barely started.

May 16  -  Working 3 frames in shallow, finally able to remove feeder.

May 22  -  drawing 3 frames in shallow. 

May 29  -  no real change.

June 4  -  no change, drawing 3 frames, added shallow foundation on top.

June 22  -  top empty, bottom partially filled.

July 2  -  Pulled and extracted 1/2 lb.

July 5  -  returned super

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  bottom super drawing, 1/2 full.  Top super full.  Added foundation super on bottom.

Aug. 7  -  Top super full, mid. 5 frames still undrawn, moved this super to bottom.  Bottom super foundationundrawn, moved it to the middle.

Aug. 15  -  top and middle no change, drawing 5 middle frames in bottom super.

Aug. 22  -  no change.

Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 28 lbs.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive – 28.5 lbs.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Brood cluster in bottom box, left of center.  None in top box yet.  Top box heavy and full of honey.

 

HIVE #12 -  Purvis queen

2009

Aug. 1 -Split from #4, installed Purvis queen

Nov. - Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 – Almost all gone, gave 5# more dry sugar.

2010

Jan. 26 -  Nothing needed…still had 5# sugar.

Mar. 11 – Do not need to feed, nor reverse.  Cluster with brood in bottom box, brood middle 4 frames.  Honey and pollen above.

Mar. 27 -  Nice small amount of brood in top box.  sealed honey.  Put bag of syrup on Tuesday.

Mar. 30 -  gave gallon syrup.

April 5 -  Split, to nuc, hive #16.   Donor hive top box mainly foundation, gave 2 gal. syrup.

April 11  -  Replaced old AJ in bottom with new AJ trap.  Added new AJ in top box, drawing out NF frames and foundation.  Added 2 gal syrup.

April 18  -  Feeder empty, brood in top box, still 5 frames to draw, feed Tuesday!

April 20  -  fed 1 gal syrup.

April 24  -  drawing foundation out nicely, NF is drone though… Fed 1.5 gal syrup, 5 frames yet to draw.

May 2  -  Feeder had a cup of dead bees, killed 8 shb.  2 frames in brood nest not drawn out, but drawing.  Removed feeder, added shallow super of foundation.

May 8  -  Top shallow untouched, almost done drawing out last two deep frames.

May 16  -  shallow empty.  removed entrance reducer.

May 22  -  Still not drawing shallow. Add wet one next time?

May 29  -  drawing 2 frames, add shallow next time?

June 4  -  5 frames still undrawn, added shallow foundation on top.

June 22  -  top empty,  bottom partially filled.

July 2  -  pulled and extracted 13 lbs.

July 5  -  returned super for clean up.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  top super filling, bottom, three frames to draw, added foundation super on top.

Aug. 7  -  Bottom super filling, middle super filling, top foundation empty.

Aug. 15  -  Bottom, still working.

Aug. 22  -  no change.

Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 22 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 honey this hive  -  35 lbs.

2011

 Mar. 1 -  Sunny,temp 54.  Cluster in bottom box, top, front right of center.  Top box very heavy with honey.

HIVE #13 -  Purvis queen

2009

Aug. 1 - split made from hive #5, installed new Purvis queen.

Nov. - Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 - Most sugar there, did not add any.

 
 
2010

Jan 26 - Still had 5# sugar, cluster seemed to be low. This colony has only one deep brood box, and one shallow extracting super nearly full of honey. It didn’t build up fast enough into two deep boxes, like the other August splits.

Mar. 11 - FEED ASAP! Most of this colony died of apparent starvation. The queen is still there, with eggs and small brood pattern. Maybe a small canteloupe-sized cluster on three frames. Pollen and nectar is coming in. Did not have time to clean bottom board and do a postmortem. Cluster is in the bottom box, at the front of the hive.

Mar. 15 -  Added hive top feeder, 2 gallons of syrup.

Mar. 27 -  Feed half gone, check again for feed on Sat. April 1.  Brood nest 3 x size as Mar. 11, in bottom box.  They’re going to make it!

Mar. 30 – gave 1-2 gal syrup.

April 11  -  Bottom box is deep, top is medium, new eggs in medium, added 1 gal. syrup.

April 18  -  Feeder empty, queen laying in 2-3 frames in top medium.  Bottom box is deep box, check next time.  Add another deep?  Put med. on bottom for them to vacate?

April 24 -  Very nice brood pattern in center frames of top medium super.  Added a deep box of NF with 2 frames of drawn comb in the center.  Fed 3 gal syrup, put med. super on top of new deep, and feeder on top.

May 2  -  Enlarged entrance, drawing 2 NF frames in the top deep.  gave 3 gal syrup.

May 6  -  Pulled 1 frame of honey, 1 frame of sealed brood, moved to Mark B as Hive #30.

May 8  -  5 NF frames in top deep not drawn. added syrup.

May 16  -  4 frames undrawn.  Feeder empty.  gave 2 gal.  Ants!

May 18  -  Fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22 -  3 frames in top deep still untouched.  Feeder empty, added feed.

May 29  -  same, fed.

June 4  -  3 in top deep still undrawn.  Feeder empty.  added shallow on top, then moved full med. above that, then the feeder.

June 22  -  top super full, bottom empty. 

July 5  -  2 frames to draw out, fed.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31 - super full, put foundation super on bottom. 

Aug. 7  -  top is almost full, drawing middle 3 frames in bottom.

Aug. 15  -  top full, drawing bottom.

Aug. 22  -  no change.

Sept.  7  -  pulled and extracted 34 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive  -  34 lbs.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Brood nest in bottom box.  Good strong cluster, plenty of stores top and bottom.

 

HIVE #14 – Purvis Queen

2009

Aug. 1 -  Split made from #2, installed new Purvis queen.

Nov. -  Fed 5# dry sugar.

Dec. 14 – half gone, added almost 5# dry sugar.

2010

  Jan. 26 -  Almost 5# sugar left, bees feeding on it.
Mar. 11 -  Reversed.  Brood and eggs in the center three frames in top box.  Honey and pollen coming in, some granulated sugar left.

 Mar. 27 -  Nice brood pattern in top box.  Put bag of feed on Tuesday.  Reverse on Sat?

 Mar. 30 -  gave gallon syrup.
 
April 5 -  split to nuc, hive #15.  Gave syrup. 
 
April 11 -  Added 1 AJ to both boxes, removed feeder, added a shallow super of foundation.
 
April 18  -  Haven’t started drawing in the shallow super yet.
 
April 24 -  Lots of bees in super, not drawing yet.
 
May 2  -  Enlarged entrance, have not started drawing foundation yet.
 
May 6 -  Pulled 1 frame of honey and pollen and 1 frame of brood (with 2 swarm cells) to restart Hive #4.  Will let them raise their own queen. 
 
May 8  -  2/3 frames in top shallow drawn, added second shallow super of foundation.
 
May 16  -   bottom shallow almost drawn – top shallow empty, left as is.
 
May 22   -  Still working on bottom shallow, left as is.
 
May 29  - supers ok, left alone.
 
June 4  -  still working on bottom shallow, top empty.  Left as is.  Added shallow foundation on top anyway.
 
June 22  -  top 2 shallow foundations empty, bottom 1/3 full.
 
July 2  -    Pulled honey, extracted 45 lbs.
 
July 5  -  returned supers for clean up.
 
July 15  -  moved to soybeans.  supered.
 
July 31  -  top super filling still drawing and filling bottom super.
Aug. 7  -  top and bottom supers filling, added med. foundation on bottom.
Aug. 15  -  starting to draw bottom super.
Aug. 22  - bottom super almost drawn but not full..
 
Sept. 7  -  pulled and extracted 27 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive  -  72 lbs.
2011
Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Very strong.  Brood nest not yet in top box, a few in bottom of top box.  Heavy with honey.
 
 
 
HIVE #15 – Purvis Mutt
 
2010
April 5 -  Split from #14.  4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup, bees will raise new queen.
 
May 2 – No eggs!  installed shb trap
 
May 6 -  found eggs and larvae, looked for and found a beautiful queen.  Fed 2 gal syrup, transferred to 10-frame box.
 
May 8  -  Added syrup.
 
May 16  -   Added deep super and feed.  Need to shim the rear of the hive.
 
May 22 -  ok, fed.
May 29  -  ok, fed.
June 4  -  8 frames undrawn in top, fed.
 
June 22  -  7 frames undrawn in top. 
 
June 26  -  fed 1 gallon.
 
July 5  -  6 frames to draw, fed.
 
July 31  -  fed 2 gal. syrup.
Aug.  7  -  4 frames to draw.
Aug. 16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp. 54.  Very strong!  Cluster in bottom, 2 middle frames in top with 25% eggs.  Rest of frams full of honey.

 
 
HIVE #16 – Purvis Mutt
 
2010
April 5 -  Split from #12, 4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup.  Bees will raise new queen.
 
May 2 -  Transferred to 10-frame equipment, found eggs and larvae, installed shb trap.
 
May 8  -  Added syrup.
 
May 16  -  Added syrup.  Need to shim the rear.  Ants! 
 
May 18  -   Fed, sprayed for ants.
 
May 22  -  3 NF frames not started,  fed.
May 29  -  added 2nd deep, fed.
June 4  -  8 frames undrawn in top, fed.
 
June 22  -  same as June 4.  Queenless #17 united with this one.
 
June 26  -  consolidated, and fed 1 gal. syrup.
 
July 5  -  3 frames left to draw, fed.
 
July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup. 
 
Aug.  7  -  1.5 frames to draw.  fed.
Aug.  16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1  -  Sunny, temp. 54.  DEAD!  Cluster small, in bottom box, at front of hive incenter 3 frames.  No h oney to rear of cluster.  Top box full of honey.  Apparenlty brood kept cluster pinned in place and they starved.

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HIVE #17 – Purvis Mutt
 
2010
April 5 – Split from #11, 4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup.  Bees will raise new queen.
 
May 2  -  transferred to 10-frame equipment, found eggs and larvae on three frames.  Installed shb trap, killed 1 shb.
 
May 8 -  added syrup.
 
May 16  -  Add syrup Tuesday.  Shim the rear of the hive.
 
May 18  -  Fed, sprayed for ants.
 
May 22  -  Fed, last three frames being drawn.  Add deep next time?
May 29  -  Did not need feed.  3 frames still undrawn, did not see queen, saw eggs and larvae.  Hive looked suspicious, nothing I could really put my finger on.  check next time.
 
June 4  -  Still funky.  Found larvae, but no queen.
June 22 -  Queenless, united with #16. 
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HIVE #18 – Purvis Mutt
 
2010
April 5 -  Split from #10, 4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup.  Bees will raise new queen.
 
May 2 -  transferred to 10-frame equipment, no eggs, no larfvae.  Installed shb trap, fed 2 gal syrup.
 
May 6  -  found eggs, larvae, and a beautiful queen!
 
May 8  -  added syrup.
 
May 16  -  Feeder empty, added some.  Feed Tuesday.  Add deep Sat?  Ants!
 
May 18  -  Fed, sprayed for ants.
 
May 22  -  Fed, last 3 frames being drawn, add deep next time.
 
May 29  -  Added 2nd deep, fed.
 
June 4  -  8 frames undrawn, added feed.
 
June 22  -  7 frames undrawn, feed next time.
 
June 26  -  Fed 1 gallon.
 
July 5  -  5 frames to draw, fed.
 
July 31  -  fed 2 gal. syrup.
 
Aug.  7  -  1 frame to draw, fed.
 
Aug. 16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  DEAD!!  Clustered around brood in bottom box.  No honey near them, top box full of honey.  Did not cross to it.

 
 
 
HIVE #19 – B. Weaver Mutt
 
2010
Mar. 30 -  Split from #2, 4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup.  Bees will raise new queen.
 
April 11  -  Fed, added AJ Beetle eater trap.
 
May 2  -    There is brood and a queen!  Fed 3 gal syrup, killed 3 shb.
 
May 8  -  Queen laying nicely, frames (No Foundation) being drawn out very nicely into worker comb, nice change from other hives.  Topped off the syrup.
 
May 16  -  Excellent brood patter.  All frames but 3 drawn.  Added syrup.  Add deep next week.
 
May 22  -  Added second deep and feed.
 
May 29  -  Doing good, killed shb worms in feeder, fed.
 
June 4  -  Top box, 6 frames not started.  Installed 2 shb traps.  Fed.
 
June 22  -  same as before.
 
June 26  -  fed 1.5 gal.
 
July 5  -  4 frames left to draw, fed 1.5 gal syrup.
 
July 31  -  had pulled feeder and given shallow of foundation, still empty.
Aug.  7  -  top shallow foundation not being worked.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp. 51.  Somewhat gentle.  Hive boxex – 2 deeps, full of bees.  Brood in bottom box.  Not as heavy as I would like.  May need to feed.

 
 
HIVE #20 – Russian Mutt
 
2010
April 4  -  Split from #8, 4 frame nuc, fed 1 gal. syrup.  Bees will raise new queen.
 
April 11 -  Gave 1 gal. syrup, used duct tape to seal gap in cover.
 
May 2 -  brood present, queen active, fed 3 gal syrup.
 
May 8  -  Drawing or have drwan all frames but one.  Added second deep, topped off the syrup.
 
May 16  -  Doing ok.
 
May 22 -  ok, fed.
 
May 29  -  added shb traps, sprayed for ants, fed.
 
June 4  -  7 frames undrawn, fed.
 
June 22  -  5 frames undrawn.
 
June 26  -  fed 1 gal.
 
July 5  -  5 frames still to draw.  Fed 1.5 gal syrup.
 
July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.
Aug.  7  -  3 frames to draw, fed.
Aug. 16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 3 -  Sunny, temp. 66.  Very nice and gentle.  Brood in bottom of top box.  NOT heavy enough, may need to feed.  Put on empty feeder.

  HIVE # 21 -  Weaver Mutt Queen

2010

April 20  -  #2 hive swarmed, ca. 1.5 pounds of bees, retrieved 10′ off the ground from a honey locust tree in the back yard.  Hived, 10 frames given, 1 frame brood comb, rest NF frames.  4 gal. syrup given.

May 2  -  syrup half gone, added 1.5 gal.

May 8  -  syrup not needed, 5 frames drawn, queen laying very nicely.

May 16  -  Going great!  All frames but 3 drawn or partially drawn.  No feed necessary. Add deep next week?

May 22  -  Did not need feed, added second deep.

 May 29  -  very good condition.  PUlled 2 frames of emerging brood and gave to #23, fed.

June 4  -  top box, 8 frames not started.  topped off feed.

June 22  -  6 frames in top box not drawn.

June 26  -  fed 1.5 gal.

July 5  -  5 frames left to draw, fed 1.5 gal.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  top super full, not sealed.  bottom filling, 4 frames to draw.  Added super of foundation in the middle.

Aug.  7  -  top super full, mid empty. bottom filling, flow stopped?

Aug. 15  -  top and bottom (almost) full.  mid untouched.

Aug. 22  -  Top and bottom almost full, mid being drawn, moved it to bottom.

Sept.  7  -  pulled and extracted 43 lbs. honey.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2010 total honey this hive  -  43 lbs.  new colony (swarm) this year.

 2011

Mar. 1  -  Sunny, temp 51.  Bees rather gentle.  Hive full of bees but notboiling over.  Brood cluster in bottom, top full of honey.

HIVE # 22  -  MnHyg Queen

2010

May 6  -  Installed 1 frame of brood and 1 of honey from hive #1, in 10-frame box.

May 7 -  Introduced a MnHyg queen from Mark Sundberg, fed 2 gal syrup.

May 16  -  Queen dead in introducing cage.  Candy was all gone.  Ordered a B. Weaver queen.

May 22  -  did not need feed.

May 29  – 2 frames of bees, added B. Weaver queen, fed.

June 4  -  queen not released, released her, put on hive top feeder and fed.

June 22  -  Queenless!  United with #23.

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HIVE # 23  -  B. Weaver Queen

2010

May 6  -  Installed 1 frame of bees and hone, 1 frame of sealed brood from hive #2 into a 10-frame box.

May 7 -  Installed MnHyg queen from Mark Sundberg.  Fed 2 gal. syrup.

May 16  -  Queen still in cage, released her, she went down into the hive. 

May 22  -  The queen is laying.  They have a long way to go…add a frame of emerging brood from another hive next week.

May 29 -  queen is gone!  few bees, added 2 frames of brood from #21, gave new B. Weaver queen. 

 June 4  -  queen not released, released her, installed hive top feeder and fed.

June 22 -  new Weaver queen is going well, 6 frames undrawn.  United queenless #22 with this hive. 

June 26  -  consolidated, and fed 1.5 gal.

July 5  -  still drawing top box, fed 1.5 gal syrup.

July 15  -  moved to soybeans.

July 31  -  did not feed, drawing comb, check next time.

Aug.  7  -  4 deep frames in top yet to draw – drawing and storing honey in top deep.

Aug. 15  -  making progress drawing out last 3 frames.

Aug. 22  -  still working on the last three frames.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1  -  Sunny, temp 51.  Hive rather hot.  Bees heavy in both boxes, seemed rather light.  Gave a deep of honey from a dead out.

 

HIVE # 24  -  RUSSIAN QUEEN

2010

May 6  -  Nuc from Tubbs apiaries hived in 10 frame equipment.  2 gal syrup given.

May 16  -  Fed, added a deep.

May 22  -  Rearranged frames, fed.

May 29  -  doing well, added shb traps, fed.

June 4  -  6 frames undrawn, fed.

June 22  -  no change.

June 26  -  Fed 1.5 gal. 

July 5  -  fed 1.5 gal. syrup

July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug.  7  -  3 frames to draw, fed.

Aug.  16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 3  -  Sunny, temp 66.  Brood in top box only.  Reversed, put on empty feeder.  MUST feed next week.

 

 

HIVE # 25  -  RUSSIAN QUEEN

2010

May 6  -  Nuc from Hubert Tubbs Apiaries (Russian Bee Breeders Assn.) hived in 10 frame equipment.  2 gal. syrup given.

May 16  -  Doing ok.

May 22  -  Rearranged frames, fed, add deep next time. 

May 29  -  Added shb traps and deep box, fed.

June 4  -  8 frames undrawn, fed.

June 22  -  no change.

June 26  -  fed in left side of feeder.

July 5  -  fed 1.5 gal syrup.

July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug.  7  -  7 frames to draw, fed.

Aug. 16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 3  -  Sunny, temp 66.  Nice and gentle.  Brood in bottom of top box and in bottom box.  NOT  heavy enough, and all frames not drawn out.  Put on empty feeder, and feed next week.

 

 HIVE # 26  -  RUSSIAN QUEEN

2010

I had planned to split #7 to this number, and let them raise a queen, but decided not to.  Am saving this hive number for 2011, to do a walk away split then.

 

HIVE # 27  -  MnHyg Queen

2010

May 6  -  Nuc bought from Mark Sundberg Apiaries, Fergus Falls, MN, while in Wiggins, MS.  Installed in 10 frame equipment, fed 2 gal. syrup.

 May 16  -  Feed Tuesday, add deep Saturday?

May 18  -  Fed, sprayed for ants.

May 22  -  Added second deep and feed.

May 29  -  Gave 2 shb traps, took 2 frames of sealed brood for #32, fed.

June 4  -  8 frames undrawn, fed.

June 22  -  6.5 frames undrawn.

June 26  -  Fed.

July 5  -  5 frames to draw, fed.

July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug.  7  -  1.5 frames to draw, fed.

Aug.  16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, tmep 51.  Found eggs and brood in top box, none in bottom.  Reversed.  Put empty feeder on.  Next time replace SHB traps.

 

HIVE # 28 -  MnHyg Queen

 2010

May 6  -  MnHyg nuc bought from Mark Sundberg, installed in 10 frame equipment.  Fed 2 gal. syrup.

May 16  -  Added deep.  Feed Tuesday.

May 18  -  fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22  -   fed

May 29  -  took two frames of brood and bees, and started a nuc, #33.

June 4  -  8 frames undrawn, fed.

June 22  -  6.5 frames undrawn.

June 26  – fed.

July 5  -  5 frames to draw, fed.  Remnants of #29 united via newspaper with this colony.

July 31  -  fed 2 gal syrup.

Aug.  7  -  fed.

Aug.  16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.\

2011

Mar. 1  -  Sunny, temp 54.  DEAD!!  Apparently died or absconded last fall.  NO dead cluster.  5-10 capped brood cells, scattered but close.  Bottom box empty.  Top box full of honey.  Mega bee patty given in Oct. still 1/2 there.  Much debris on bottom board, many dead bees.  Apparently a lot of robbing had occurred.  Entrance had been reduced to smallest opening.

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HIVE # 29 -  B. Weaver  Queen

2010

May 6  -  2 frames pulled from hive #11, installed in 10 frame equipment.  1 frame sealed brood, 1 frame honey and pollen.

May 7  -  Gave MnHyg queen, 2 gal. syrup.

May 16  -  Queen released.  Not found.  No eggs.  B. Weaver queen ordered.

May 18  -  Fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22  -  Queenless!  Did not feed.

May 29  -   introduced B. Weaver queen, fed.

June 4  -  queen not releaased, I released her, did not need feed.

June 22  -  queen laying very well. 

June 26  -  fed.

July 5  -  DEAD.  Apparently robbed out.  Dead bees on bottom board and entrance.  Entrance had been reduced.  No honey, torn cappings.  A few new bees, apparently recently emerged.  Added to #28.

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HIVE # 30  -  B. Weaver Queen

2010

May 6  -  2 frames of bees, honey, brood from #13  installed in 10 frame equipment.

May 7  -  Gave MnHyg queen, from Mark Sundberg, fed 2 gal syrup.

May 16  -  Queen dead in queen cage, all candy gone.  B. Weaver queen ordered.

May 18  -  Fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22 -  Queenless, did not feed.

May 29  -  introduced B. Weaver queen.

June 4  -  queen released, laying well.  did not need feed.

June 22 -  queen laying well…  united queenless #31 with this hive.

June 26  -  consolidated. did not need feed.

July 5  -  Absconded!  No queen, no honey, no dead bees.  A few new bees, added to #32.

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HIVE # 31  -  MnHyg Queen

2010

May 6  -  1 frame of sealed brood, 1 frame of honey and pollen removed from #3, installed in 10 frame equipment.

May 7  -  Gave MnHyg queen from Mark Sundberg, 2 gal. syrup.

May 16  -  Queen cage empty, no queen, no eggs.  6 sealed queen cells found.  Will let the bees take care of it.

May 18  -  Fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22 -  Queen cells still sealed.  Added feed.

May 29  -  queen cell still sealed, did not need feed.

June 4  -   queen cells opened…did not see queen.

June 22  -  Queenless, united with #30.

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HIVE # 32  -  Purvis Mutt

2010

May 7 -  Frame of honey (no bees) from #2 put with frame of brood and swarm cells from #14.  Installed in 10-frame equipment, fed 2 gal syrup.  They’ll make their own queen.  I hope since the queen cells are capped, there won’t be enough population reduction before the brood starts emerging to prevent this nuc from building up.  An experiment on my part.

May 16  -  2 queen cells opened, one not.  No queen visible.  Check Saturday.

May 18  -  Fed and sprayed for ants.

May 22 -  Transferred to 10 frame equipment, and fed.  2 queen cells open, 1 sealed… no queen, no eggs.  check again next Saturday.

May 29  -  found queen laying, no room.  gave frame of sealed brood from #27.

June 4  -  laying queen, did not need feed.

June 22  -  queen doing well.

June 26  -  queenless nuc #33 united with this one, fed.

July 5  -  Added frames from #30, fed. 

July 31  -  fed ca. 2 gal.

Aug.  7  -  3 frames to draw.

Aug.  16  -  fed.

Sept. 18  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup, reduced entrance.

Oct. 2  -  Gave 1# Mega Bee, 2 gal. sugar syrup.

Nov. 1  -  Removed feeder, added popsicle sticks between inner and outer covers for ventilation.

2011

Mar. 1 -  Sunny, temp 54.  Eggs and brood in bottom box, large softball sized cluster spanning 4 frames.   Honey touching.  Top box full of honey. 

HIVE #33  -  B. Weaver Queen

May 29  -  2 frames of brood and bees from #28.

May 30  -  introduced B. Weaver queen, and fed.

June 4  -  queen released and laying, transferred to 10-frame equipment.

June 22 -  did not see queen, eggs, or larvae.

June 26  -  queenless.  United with #32.

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