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  1. #1
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    Default Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Did a road trip to see Ike at Forest Hills Woodworking last week.
    He is now carrying foundationless frames so that will save on shipping costs.

    Its been dry around these parts with a t-storm or two giving us a tinkle once in awhile.
    All five colonies are coming and going with a purpose and there must still be some kind of nectar flow going on.
    Currently they are bringing in a pale yellow pollen and am seeing lots of clover.

    I've got three supers on the 8 & 10 frame Deep hives and 5 supers on the other 8 frame Medium.
    In another week I may be adding another super to the 8 frame medium.
    That hive has been the most productive so far.
    They are all still building comb but it has slowed down a bit.

    I noticed a light colored honey in Spring and now it's changing to a darker color.
    Our garden has the most flowers we've ever seen on the cucumbers and tomatoes.

    Photo taken with iPad and edited in the Camera+ app.

    Last edited by Allen; 07-13-2012 at 07:31 AM.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    My hives have still been bringing in nectar, but it is slow. We have not had much rain either. They are forcasting rain for us Saturday thru Thursday for us. We will see if we actually get any. Mostly what I see them working right now is the clover. The thistle is just starting to bloom and I am seeing them on that now also.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Necter is slowing way down here but what a great years it's been i went from 3 hives to 17 in 2 month and i wanted more bee's and i got them . I'm seeing goldenrod and the thistle starting to bloom and the white clover is dieing out . I have not took any honey yet but i'm trying to build them up for winter and the three hives from last year all swarmed i think i got them all 6{swarms} in total and one i took may 1 is crazy strong and all my queens seem to be doing well. Third year and i'm learning alot making queens and finding them when you look for them is realy a cool feeling. It adds up cash wise real fast but at this stage of the game i have what i need and if i can get 10 or more through winter i should do well next year.
    I sure love my bee's

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Did a hive inspection this AM.
    Bee populations have increased and all are bringing in nectar and capping honey.
    Some frames still need to be drawn out and there is some comb made back in June that is waiting to be filled.
    The workers are starting to push the queens down into the lower supers.

    More deep supers may be added in a week or so if production continues.
    Might be getting a mated queen from Dennis Keeney soon to start a Nuc.
    Keeping fingers crossed...

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Your going to start a nuc now? I figured it was alittle late . Good luck

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Thanks.
    I thought it was too late also but then got to thinking about the Fall flow.
    It's started early around here and we've been getting plenty of rain so the flowers are blooming.
    We also have the resources now with four 10 frame hives to make one Nuc and maybe two.

    The Nuc will have 4 frames in the bottom box which will already have most of the work done to them.
    It shouldn't be a problem for the bees to draw out a second box on top with 4 more frames.
    The Nuc will eventually get wintered on top of one of our 10 frame full-sized hives.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ted-about-Nucs!

    Worst that can happen is we lose them.
    If they survive then we'll know what to do next Winter when we over-winter double Nucs on our other 10 frame hives.
    Rather make a mistake with one than six or eight.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    Did a road trip to see Ike at Forest Hills Woodworking last week.
    He is now carrying foundationless frames so that will save on shipping costs.
    Do you happen to be able to post a pic of what the foundationless looks like?

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Here ya go. Wanted to show several angles of the top bar.



    The bottom is solid.
    I don't use anything on the frames except double horizontal wires in the deeps.
    And new frames get placed between drawn or foundation based frames which help keep new comb straight.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Thanks for that Allen. It seems that they're very similar to Kelly's. I was hoping that there wouldn't be a "flat" on the bottom of the top bar but rather a point.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Oversight on my part.
    They are Kelley frames and the bees don't seem to mind the flat area on the bottom of the triangle.

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    Default Re: Penn Colony Update: Summer

    Allen, I understand that the bees don't "mind" however what I'm finding out (using them exclusively) especiall on a flow it's hard to keep them going straight. I know that you can put a empty frame between a brood frame (although mine aren't solid brood. Some honey on top that's capped or not) and inbetween 2 capped honey frames and they'll draw it perfectly. I had one hive (a full strength hive) draw 2 frames so that one was just touching the frame next to it and the following comb was 1/2 on one frame and 1/2 on the next frame. My was that fun to get worked out!!! I'm going to be trying a bit of a different strategy next time. I'm taking a strip of comb perhaps 1/2" wide and kind of smashing it on the frame so that there's about 1/2" lip down of solid wax. I had some frames that for one reason or another were bad and cut the comb out of them and left about that 1/2" of comb at the top. Even though they didn't draw it straight the first time I just smashed it so that there's a 1/32" or so thick piece of wax coming straight down to give them the best comb guide I can think of. I'm not sure how it'll work, but I'm going to try it. If anyone has other thoughts I'd love to know how you keep them straight.

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