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.
Installing a bee package is easy when the bees are calm
Two days ago I was able to install a package of bees which were purchased from Ruhl Bee Supply into a Warre Beehive which I had assembled. The bees were surprisingly calm, considering they had just made a long trip from Southern California. After I readied the beehive by rubbing the inside with beeswax, I set it up on a steady hive stand made of 4×4’s and 2″ lumber. Then, I sprayed the bees with a spray bottle containing a mixture of sugar and water in order to make sure they remained completely calm.
In 2007, I discovered a new hive design
This spring (2008) I am experimenting with a new beehive design. Since I started beekeeping, I have always used the standard ten frame Langstroth hive which is predominant here in America. In the fall of 2007, I learned of a new hive design through the Organicbeekeepers Group on Yahoo. This new hive design was named after its developer, Emile Warre.