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  1. #1
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    Jun 2010
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    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    Default Proud of my girls....

    It is late enough that I think I can make it official....my hive has survived the winter. I went into the hive Thursday (day before yesterday) to work the hive and stir things up a bit. I switched everything over to new woodenware, swapped the two deep brood boxes, and sandwiched a medium full of new PF120's for them to draw out. I also swapped some of the "inner frames" and "outer frames", mindful of the Housel (sp?) positioning.

    Sometime over the winter I saw a small bit of debris at the entrance and suspected a mouse. Shining a light into the hive, I saw no evidence of mice. They were there, nonetheless. I found a nest in a frame in the lower box. Fortunately, it was a frame of plain foundation rather than drawn comb/honey. I wound up replacing 3 frames with PF100's.


    I had 'mountain camped' some sugar on the top of the frames of the top box during the winter. Most of that wound up on the bottom board and, I suspect, the rest got shoved out the entrance. There was still a good bit of honey including 2 or 3 frames full of honey only.

    I gave them two pint jars of 1:1 to help them in drawing out the new foundation and will replenish that today.

    There was a very good population of bees. Good brood patterns in various stages. I did not see the queen. Not surprising, as I have never seen my queen. There was a healthy amount of drone brood, including in burr comb, as I expected for this time of year.

    I plan to check on them at least a couple more times over the next week and replenish the 1:1. Then, back to AL. I'll return here (to TN) in a few weeks and open them up again to check progress and will likely split the hive at that time, especially if I find QC's.

    I did take some video and hope to upload that soon.

    Sorry for the length....just had to "brag" on my "survivors".

    -james

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
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    Manitowoc WI USA
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    Default Re: Proud of my girls....

    Yay!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Columbia county, New York, USA
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    Default Re: Proud of my girls....

    Quote Originally Posted by dixiebooks View Post
    I did not see the queen. Not surprising, as I have never seen my queen. There was a healthy amount of drone brood, including in burr comb, as I expected for this time of year....

    Sorry for the length....just had to "brag" on my "survivors".
    -james
    James, you should be bragging- great job! You sound like a real sensible beekeeper to me.
    I had two, lost one over the winter- but i too am very proud of my own 'survivors'...
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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