Monday, May 1, 2017
This was my birthday. Just a brief night visit to the bees. This is turning into a fetch Tiggy routine as well.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
I opened up this hive this morning because I've been anxious to understand the "Bald Brood" a bit better. From what I have read, a linear pattern could mean a wax moth is eating the caps?? So it does look like a bit of a linear pattern, a line of three or four here or there.
Thinking about how well the bees are doing, from feedback I got from Michael Bush, who designed the hive I am using, I am thinking in terms of percent volume of the hive. My guesstimate is the hive is 50% comb right now. They had fully drawn out "D", not got further than "S", which is being further drawn out from a couple of days ago.
I am very puzzled about the flow. But I can see that they are bringing back pollen, so I think that is a good sign.
I want to say a word about bee scooping and putting bars back. What works for me is to angle the bar back in, the far end usually. It is still a slow process of tapping the bees until they decide to go elsewhere, whether back down or on top of the bars.
Then I use my turkey feather brush to "scoop" the bees up. No brushing at all. Instead I very gently nudge them with the edge of the brush until they clamber onto it then I move them elsewhere. This definitely agitates them less.
Stupid cat. He hopped on top of the hive while I had it open!!!