Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
No matter what you decide... Hind site is 20/20. Ask 5 beekeepers a question and you'll get 6 answers. My opinion below.

For the hive where you are now, If the bees are clustering in a corner I am assuming there aren't that many bees. That said, numbers could explode when your spring flow starts. Your choices seem to be risky either way.

Leave them as they are: they will be able to cluster and maintain warmth better, but may run out of room mid flow. Warmth is not affected by space as much as you would think. Bees heat the cluster not the air in the box. But the more air in the box the less insulating.
Add a super: They will have room to grow but wont have the numbers currently to defend and maintain the comb.

If it were my hive, I would leave them as they are. If they swarm, its not that big of a deal.  I wouldn't add a super unless they are currently able to cover 7-8 frames.



2
Thanks for the replies. I have a bad situation ATM due to covid lock downs. I am currently in central NSW at my country property and if I go back to my home in Victoria I will be under curfew and locked down. I have a bee hive up here that is still struggling to fill their 10 frame brood box but are bringing in pollen 20-40 times a minute and lots of nectar. I have been feeding them 50/50 sugar syrup also and they are building new comb slowly in the 3 empty frames they had. I see quite a bit of capped honey and there was a fair amount of capped brood on last inspection. This is the hive I mentioned earlier that was from a mid Autumn cutout which sadly 2/3 of the bees died during the 400KM journey up here. They have slowly been building their numbers despite it being winter here as there is plenty of pollen and nectar available.

My problem is when I go back to my home in Victoria (where my wife is locked down now) I may not be able to return until January (which is our mid summer) and therefore will not be able to add the honey super and miss the River Red Gum and Black Box Eucalyptus flow. The bees are clustering in one corner only which is where the brood is concentrated and we have many more cold nights left. Temps here range between 0C to 19C this time of year. I have made a insulating wrap for the single box hive out of sizalation (silver roofing foil sheet) to help retain their warmth.

Do you think before I leave I should fit the honey super to allow for their expansion and flow while I am not there? Could I leave the top cover between the bottom and top box to help them retain their warmth at night? Or should I leave them in their single box? Your advice would be most welcome.

Second part of this question is back in Vic I have the other cutout hive waiting for the fitting of the honey super. This colony had filled the 10 frame deep hive before I left to come up here. They had filled the one frame of empty comb with brood and the other 9 frames were all capped honey (see original few posts). the question I have for this hive is if I drag it out up here for a few more weeks do you think the bees in that hive will swarm? It is cooler down there but they were still bringing in pollen the last time I saw them 5 weeks ago. When I get home I will not be able to get to this hive due to a 5KM travel restriction. Melbourne is under an 8AM to 5PM curfew and people can only leave their home for work, food shopping or exercise. They are getting between 400 - 600 cases a day and they want to eradicate the virus.

Sorry about the multiple questions but I sort of need to get a plan together to work out what to do.
3
That would have been a fun box to extract.
4
All about beekeeping / Re: Watched Miss Thang drop an egg on top of a pile of bees
« Last post by vadentwin on August 03, 2020, 10:33:38 AM »
I am in central FL and my boxes would beard like crazy. I added screen bottom boards and they hardly beard at all. I leave them year round because we have mild winters and my bees fly almost 365. If you are not in the south I would recommend changing back to a solid board in the fall. I changed one box from a screen bottom board to the beetle buster and they beard a little but not too bad.
5
All about beekeeping / Re: Watched Miss Thang drop an egg on top of a pile of bees
« Last post by CarSchy on August 03, 2020, 07:32:59 AM »
Thank you for the reply. You might be right...your reply made me think on what might be stressing them. Heat was the answer I can up with. Added additional ventilation. Appreciate ya!
6
All about beekeeping / Re: Making splits and moving bees. A couple questions....
« Last post by Mike B on August 02, 2020, 09:44:07 AM »
I didn't think this was a good time to do splits. If there are drones why not.
7
My friend's family has a few hives, and they had been busy, and not working their hives much, for a considerable time. He said the hives went vicious on him, and his mom, and the bee tender friends who are there (It's like a retreat) are older, and in no way able to deal with the bees....... so come out, and do whatever it takes, whether it's remove them, spank their hiney's, or set fire to them if need be. :P I asked him how long since they had been opened up and checked.......... "Oh, a long time. At least say seven months."

I went in, expecting and prepared for once for a dogfight. They were pretty aggressive, but not insane. I have dealt with quite a few, and am trying to learn the how and why of their aggressiveness at times. And I got it right this time!

Three hives, a single, then a double, then a double. The single wasn't just bearding, it had a good inch and a half of bees all the way around the box. They really needed like 3 boxes. So many bees. I decided to split them, to just take off pressure for the population, and give them new frames to work. Pulled a ton of bees, split up the frames- most the frames were old, and locked together, propylized. Cut stuff up, cleared it out, and reset new frames between old frames. And they settled down, a lot.
Next hive, high numbers, not bad. Just juggled stuff around, and pulled a few frames. Strangely, the entire hive was up top, bottom box was empty comb. No food, no bees, nothing. All ten frames up top loaded.
Last hive...... top box was hell under the lid. They had a separator board under the lid. Glued down, comb under, and op top of the separator. Everything stuck to itself. The entire box, slammed full of bees..... and only 6 frames inside.  :o They built every single inch of the hive shut. Comb on comb, cross comb, burr comb....... a lake of honey falling out of everything. I pried out one big busted section of comb, and the bees got froggy, I took twenty quick hits. So I just scooped the whole box off the top..... 92lb box, and replaced it with a new box with ten frames, and locked them up.
The 3 splits are in my yard, and it looks like they are making it two weeks later.  :D Here's the clogged box, yesterday. They have cleaned it up inside and it's crazy how much they built in there!
8
IMO, There's no telling what a queen will do when she isn't on comb, especially if she is stressed.
9
All about beekeeping / Watched Miss Thang drop an egg on top of a pile of bees
« Last post by CarSchy on July 31, 2020, 11:36:56 AM »
Not sure why she did this but it sure was weird. Now I am new to beekeeping and know next to nothing....

I was inspecting and saw her sandwiched in a pile of bees. Not anywhere near the comb. While watching this I saw her drop an egg.

It did not appear that they were balling her up. Though lots of bees were around and crossing the comb to get near her. It was just odd to me. Any ideas?

10
Introductions / Re: Hello From South Carolina
« Last post by Dirt Rooster on July 31, 2020, 11:04:45 AM »
Welcome to the forum.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10