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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Midland Michigan
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    69

    Default Michigan Bee Update / New BEEK

    Hello everyone I'm a brand new beek, just wanted to give a little update to my nuc I installed about 3 months ago. I had a nuc I installed in my box 3months ago, they seemed to quickly draw out foundation and I added a second box above not long after. Great queen, lots of brood, pattern, all that jazz. About 3 weeks ago I put a super on top, and they haven't been up above at all really, (I know they'll go when they are ready) so 9 days ago I sprayed some sugar water on the super foundation. I checked today, and the foundation is about 95% drawn out w/ lots of honey! Only a few single cells are capped off, so they have some work to go but I was so so pleased to see I'm going to harvest honey this year! I pulled five frames out of the top brood box and they were filled w/ about 80% capped honey. The colony seems to be thriving which was great. I did find some varroa a while ago when I checked some cells so I'm going to treat in the Fall, or thats what everyone says I should do!

    I plan on expanding to a few more hives next year, I have enjoyed the heck out of this hobby so far, keep up the great posts on the site, I've been reading and learning a ton.

    Thanks, Brad

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Sauk, WI, USA
    Posts
    144

    Default Re: Michigan Bee Update / New BEEK

    That's great!! So glad it is going so well for you your first year. Best wishes in the many beekeeping years ahead

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    95

    Default Re: Michigan Bee Update / New BEEK

    Congratulations on your successful season!

    Have you searched the term, "honeybound", or inspected the lower deep for swarm cells? There is a lot of season to go, even "up nort', hey"! If 80% is filled and capped in the upper deep, IMHO, you might think of doing some extracting.

    BB

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    44

    Default Re: Michigan Bee Update / New BEEK

    Congrats Brad. Isn't great to be excited about something. Glad you are enjoying your new adventures in Beekeeping. I hope you stay, STICKY during honey harvests for many years to come.

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