Springtime is coming. The honeybees are flying on warm winter days, getting ready for the busy time of spring. But are your honeybees ready for the hard work ahead?
Last September I harvested some honeycomb from one of my Warre hives. In Spring of 2008 I had hived a huge swarm, and over the summer they built up a big hive with lots of good looking honey comb. I decided I would harvest a box of cut comb honey from this hive.
One of my beehives was going crazy
Talk about unsettling! Two days ago I looked out of the window and saw one of my beehives going crazy. I instinctively thought, “Oh no, they are going to swarm!” Then I remembered I had just added another hive box, so there was plenty of room for them to build more comb. What was going on?
This last week I received a call from a person who had honeybees in the back of his RV. I guess the bees just wanted some rest and relaxation. However, the RV owner did not want the bees! So, he called me and I went out to take a look.
He was astonished to see a lot of bees flying
The owner informed me that he had let his RV sit for over two years. He was just now getting ready to sell it. The owner had not noticed anything out of the ordinary when he was inside the RV, but when he went to the back to check on something…he was astonished to see a lot of bees flying in and out through a keyhole in a cubbyhole door. So, he gave me a call. When I got there, I went around back of the RV and opened the door to the cubbyhole. (I put on my bee suit first!) Sure enough, they had built a nest right inside the cupboard.
Mid 90’s in the shade
Talk about hot! It has been hot here in this last week, The weather is cooler now…but last week we had several days of mid 90’s F in the shade. Regardless of how we humans feel, the bees seem to cope with the heat rather well. My bees have been very busy gathering the last of the blackberry nectar flow and carrying it home to ripen into honey. They are also gathering another liquid in large quantities…water.