visiting the bee hives
My new bee suit arrived the other day and ever since i have been dying to go and see the honey bees to see what they are up to! We thought that it would be a good idea to go in the middle of the day as many of the worker bees would be out collecting pollen. Here are the bee hives:
Tom attempted the light the smoker and whilst it was getting going decided to lift the lid on a beehive! The noise the bees made was very loud. Inside the bees were busily getting on with their day! As you can imagine they didn’t take too kindly to our interruption and became agitated. This is when we got the smoker out!
This does not harm the bees it tricks them into thinking their hive is on fire so they go inside gorge on the honey which then makes them very docile and lazy!
We were checking which hives were inhabited and the health of the hives! We found three hives full of bees and although we did not see any queen bees the evidence of eggs and emerging bees means each hive has a queen inside which is excellent news!
We found that in one of the hives the frames are almost full to bursting with honey:
We will be extracting this soon! Below the super which contains the above frames is a brooder… this is where the queen lives! It is also full of farmes of honey. We do not take this honey this belongs to the bees! We only take the excess! We were also checking for the mite which is responsible for the nationwide threat to bees and I am happy to report we found no signs of it!
So all in all we are extremely happy with our findings and will be looking forward to extracting the honey very soon! And even better I didn’t get stung! Tom did twice!
- 11 May, 2008
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