Coffee 8-31-13

Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:11 pm

Hi Guys,

The weather gave me a break so I was able to go ahead and check out the inside of my second hive. I'm glad I did because I found 2 or 3 (when the mess is that big its hard to keep count) top bars had broken off and fallen to the floor of the hive. That's not honey for harvest because its sugar water honey of a first year bee hive. The bees need that for the winter. The first thing I did was try to "tie" the broken honey comb back to the top bar with a web of cotton string. The bees will reattach the comb and eat the cotton string when the joint is strong enough. Alas this did not work so well; I could only save one of the combs. The honey was too heavy and the comb was very weak so it tore again and again. I ended up putting most of the fallen comb on the floor of the hive and feeding the honey back to the hive. I was able to get some pictures this time after I had closed the hive up. You can see the mess I made on the top of the top bars. This time of the year, you don't want to leave the hive open or you may start a robbing frenzy. As you can see in the pictures the girls are cleaning up the mess and restoring the honey for the winter. I closed all the openings but one on the green hive so enterprising bees don't start robbing it. The guard bees of that hive will stop any strange bees from entering it; the single opening will help that. My camera doesn't catch it but right now my back yard is a hurricane of bees working to recover the honey before other local hives discover the spill. It's a strong hive so I'm not afraid of robber bees attacking it.

The blue hive is strong and the green one is weaker so I may end up combining them to help them make it through the winter. It's all a crap shoot. You can do everything right and still the bees may die. Lisa

PS. weird feeling of the day - reaching into the hive to remove a comb covered with bees going about their business. Yeah, Freddy, I put gloves on.
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Notice the lake of honey with all the bees sipping from the edge.
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An island of honey comb.
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The second hive with the entrances closed to stop robber bees.
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:14 pm

Rob R. wrote:Apple sticky buns... :)

We must have this recipe!!!
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:19 pm

Nice work Lisa :)
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:42 pm

Thanks for the bee update. It's an amazing hobby.

I saw a place last week that had bees & the sight left me wondering what was up.... they had the square white box type hives. ( but some where blue) They had perhaps 6 or 7 hives fairly near their house.... then.... wayyyy away from them they had one lone hive, all by itself, maybe 150 feet away from everything. Just a curious thing. Maybe the 6 or 7 were just unoccupied and the one loner was the only one with occupants? I dunno!


We had a whopper of a thunderstorm last night.... over 2 inches of rain!
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:29 pm

Soo... here it is a little over 4 hours later.
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The girls have done their job.
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Here's a would be robber but he can't get inside so he will take what the girls give him.
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:51 pm

Wasps steal from the honey bee's???????????? All of a sudden I don't think I'm smart enough to be a bee keeper :o
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:04 am

Yep, wasps and yellow jackets are the most common but those little tiny "sweat" bees will try, too. That's why a strong hive (a hive with lots of bees) is so important. Those hives have enough bees to support security operations with "guard" bees at all the hive entrances. My second hive got robbed of the majority of its stored honey when I opened a rear entrance that the hive couldn't guard. It never crossed my mind, I'll know better next year. Lisa
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:41 am

look at those bee's work! they must not be American bee's :lol:
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:57 am

Thanx Lisa---I'll be damned :o
lowfog01 wrote:Yep, wasps and yellow jackets are the most common but those little tiny "sweat" bees will try, too. That's why a strong hive (a hive with lots of bees) is so important. Those hives have enough bees to support security operations with "guard" bees at all the hive entrances. My second hive got robbed of the majority of its stored honey when I opened a rear entrance that the hive couldn't guard. It never crossed my mind, I'll know better next year. Lisa
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:36 pm

Looks like some get stuck in the "lake"...
Or was that the "girls" doin'... ;)
On the hunt for a bigger house with a bigger yard...
Hard to find something reasonable on 'The Cape'...:mad:
Tuesday morning off to town hall and the registry to check it out...
Just like that curved beam above the boiler...
A random real estate sign and a compelling urge to check it out...
There will be pics if it is "The One"...
The 'Bones' are good, the lot is bigger than most and she needs some cosmetics...
So the fingers are crossed that my research does not turn up any skeletons...
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:42 pm

look at those bee's work! they must not be American bee's :lol:


You are correct Mr. Crane, they are Europeans. The honey bee is not native to America.

Kevin
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:47 pm

Apis Mellifica was imported to the USA from Europe but they have taken on American ways. The queen is much bitchier now and ther are many more drones...... AHAHAHAHAHAHAA, I slay myself.
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: jpete On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:48 pm

freetown fred wrote:Wasps steal from the honey bee's???????????? All of a sudden I don't think I'm smart enough to be a bee keeper :o


Damn WASP's...always stealing stuff. First the country, now this! ;)
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Re: Coffee 8-31-13

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:00 pm

NICE :clap: toothy
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