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A few photos to show you what the birds and bees around my house have been up to…
A few weeks ago one of my hives swarmed. I went out in the morning to do chores and all was fine, a couple hours later I found the swarm you see in the above photo. Swarms are a natural part of honey bee reproduction and a miraculous thing to witness. Shortly after taking the picture the colony relocated up into a tree in the woods along my property. The scout bees must have found some nice real estate for the colony.
As a result of the swarm my bee mentor J and I went into all the hives and did quick inspections. Oops, turns out I’d not changed out a medium frame for a deep one and the bees decided to have their way with it. J suggested removing the comb, but I think it’s so beautiful and natural and they worked so hard for it – so we left it. The next inspection of that hive may be a bit more difficult because of it (frames stuck together), but J is a pro and we’ll manage.
As a result of the inspection of one hive I made a split and until today, when I found the foundation in this box pretty well drawn out, have had to feed the hive. The mason jar feeder is homemade (using a hammer and tiny nails create holes in the top, fill with 50/50 sugar water (let sit overnight or for a few hours) and voila. The other container I purchased at The Honey Exchange in Portland and filled with the 50/50 solution.
Meanwhile, the feathered gals of Great Cluck Egg Farm have been laying eggs, clucking (!), running around eating worms… and some have taken to hanging out on the porch with me. One tried to jump in my lap!
Hope you are enjoying the summer!