Hive Update Winter 2019 – Dead Hives and Updated Website

Coming out of fall, I had two strong hives. When winter came, there was too much moisture in our backyard and we noticed mold on the outside of the hives. We looked inside the top bar hive observation window and saw more mold and mostly dead bees on the bottom screen. On a nice day, […]

Wax Moth Webbing

Hive Update – Top Bar Hive Dead

Recently my top bar hive has been overrun by wax moths. In my last post, I talked about how the Langstroth bees were robbing the top bar bees because of the Honey Bee Healthy sugar water. We left the comb in the hive last week but when we took it out this week, there was […]

New Queen Bee Found

Hive Update – New Queen Found and Marked First Queen

We found out why there was worker brood in the top bar hive. There is a queen! I got to mark my first queen (this year is yellow) before we put her back in the hive. Here is the video of me marking my first queen. We think that she is from when we put […]

Superseding The Honeybee Queen

Superseding is what honeybees do when their queen is sick and can’t lay eggs right. If she is not laying eggs, they will take a larva and turn it into a queen by feeding it royal jelly longer than worker and drone bee larvae. The supersedure cells are usually in the middle of the frame. […]

Queen Cup On Comb

Hive Update March 2017

My hive is doing good but it looks like the bees are getting ready to swarm. They have built queen cups that do not have eggs in them. Queen cups are round shaped cups that they build in the middle or the edge of the comb. When the bees swarm, they take the queen and […]

Picture of Bee Hive After 6 Months

Update On My Hive and Getting Ready For Winter

Now that winter is here we need to make some adjustments to our hives. We need to make sure that we can make our bees live and stay though the winter. First you need to put the bottom board in so they can keep warm. We will keep feeding our bees just in case there […]

Update On My Hive

A month and a half ago I got my new beehive. We have done three inspections since we got the hive. The bees have stored up their pollen pantries and put some honey in the hive. They’ve built up some new honeycomb. The picture of the frame is new comb they have built. We found […]

My New Bees

I got my new bees a couple of weeks ago. We got the bees from a fellow 4-H member. He kept them in a nuke while the bees built comb on five frames. A nuc is a starter hive that can only hold 5 frames. We have been giving them sugar water for food so […]

My New Honeybee Top Bar Hive

I got my new top bar beehive in April. We first had to build the top bar hive. Then we had to paint it. I painted the hive light blue and the little orange square is where the observation window is. The observation window is a way to see the bees at work without disturbing […]