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July 18th - July 21, 2008
I've tried to make a good home for these guys but they prefer to sleep
outside it seems. Are they sticking out their little bee tongues
at me? They were already outside this morning at 6:30 AM and it was
only 67 degrees fahrenheit. Maybe they just couldn't all fit inside?
This image is a link to a QuickTime movie that shows how
is really going on here. Bees flying every which way. The movie is
four times the size as the link below. It is about 5 megs. This was
Friday afternoon after I ventilated the front and top of the hive.
These first pictures were taken early Friday morning when it was still
So I wrote Kim Flottum and he made a number of suggestions. Several
addressed ventillation. So I removed the entrance restrictor
and took off the top.
Right at the entrance it was very crowded still.
Friday night around 10:00 pm they coated the entire front and top of
the hive. Note that I have removed the hive cover and just have the
Saturday morning around 8:30 am, the top was still covered but the
front of the hive was occupied only by those bees not off and working
The front of the hive Saturday morning was covered with clusters of
real "hangers oner". Note that you can clearly see
that the entrance
reducer has been removed. This had been removed in the picture taken on
night but because
it was covered then by bees, it wasn't clear.
The entrance to the upper super is clear so I hope work is going on.
Note that the bees like to stay connected where possible. There is a
"one bee wide" bridg across the entrance to the landing board.
A close up Saturday morning of the area just below the new Ross Rounds
Monday July 21,
At 3:00 pm today, it was
97.6 degrees F. outside. At 7:30 am this morning the entire top of my
hive was covered with bees. This was with the inner cover offset so
about six inches of opening was open to the air. By the time I
installed my open bottom board at lunch time, most of the bees had
dispersed to the fields (or goofing off
somewhere out of my sight anyway).
This is a shot of my hive
now. At lunch I quickly fashioned an open bottom board per John Hoffman's
articles in "Bee Culture." I had to re-read his articles more
carefully to realize that the bees now would leave the hive through
the screen and that is why I couldn't use the 1/4" galvanized
screen that I had first purchased.
Being lazy, I realized that
I could have an "instant" frame for this bottom board, by cutting off
an inch thick "slice" from a broodsuper. I had switched several years
ago to all medium supers (6 5/8" high) to simplify inventory since I
have never had more than two hives going at once. I cut two
slices and immediately attached
the screen to one of them and installed it.
I also ended up with a
medium super that is useful to me now.
I closed up the hive some.
stopped the cut after having done 3 and a half sides, just to take this
Here is the
finished frame ready for the galvanized 1/2 inch screen.
I cropped the first
picture to make it clear where this screen bottom board ended up.
All I need is a panda. Do panda's like honey?