Laurel and I keep 300+ colonies. We both kept bees before we were married and struggled in the early years with consistency and having large amounts of healthy hives year after year. Here are a couple of the things we didnt know over a decade ago that we do now to maintain our beekeeping...
Im ny previous posts I mentioned that my 2 hives are standing east-west and facing north, and said that the hive on east side getting moist and collecting steamed water at the top entrance, which is under telescopic cover and top entrance is on inner cover.
About 2 weeks ago, I put...
This is my bees first winter here and as a new beekeeper I need to get advise from experienced beekeepers.
My 2 hives have 2 deeps each and last time I checked, both had about the same amount of honey/syrup in storages: bottom deep was about 50% full and the top one 80-90% full.
This is my first season of beekeeping. I have 2 hives (2 deep with screened board and inner cover + telescopic cover).
I am trying to plan my winter.
Although the storages are full in hives, I am going to put sugar bricks on top to make sure the bees will have enough food for winter.
As a new beekeeper, I am going into my first winter, so want to be prepared and prepare my bees for it.
I have 2 hives: both are 2 deep boxes with screened bottom board, inner cover (which has a ventilation hole) and telescopic cover.
So far I fed them 3 times, total about 120lb syrup...
I was wondering if I should feed my hives or not.
The 2 hives I have I started in July from nucs.
During my last inspection I saw half a frame of honey in the top chamber in one hive and nothing in the other hive.
I don't know what is going on in the bottom box of both hives, because my...
Made some Lauri Bricks this morning. Mine are small & thin because I had to with my dehydrator.
How can you tell when they have had enough "cooking" time - or
How can you tell when they are done. ??
What to look for ??
They are firm on top - but I didn't try to press real hard.
Just hoping I...
I wanted something to go under my moisture quilt in the winter and something that could work for Baggie feeders as well.
Cut a medium super in half
Drilled 1" holes for ventilation
Screened them with #8 hardware cloth
Pic #2 - lid off
I made a lid for it out of the hardware cloth that drops in...
I've made some sugar bricks for emergency feed. Most recipes are the same, especially when the final temp is 242F for the sugar mixture before pouring into molds. They're really soft to the touch. We have a lot of moisture in the PNW and I imagine these things turning into a sloppy runny goo...
I know bees can be stimulated to make comb and store syrup by feeding them liquid syrup, but if you feed them sugar candy bricks, will they do the same? I have heard of some folk feeding them year round with these sugar bricks.