My Honeybees

Backyard Beekeeping


The New Queen in the Second Hive

The new queen, with her attendants, are in the hive. I cleaned off old burr comb from the bottom of the frames in the bottom brood box and removed queen cells that I found. The bees were very interested in the cage with the queen and her attendants. They should release her in 2-3 days.

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Inspection of Second Hive 6/28/12

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I checked on the hive with the missing queen this afternoon.  Still no sign that the hive has created a queen. The remaining capped brood was emerging as I was inspecting the hive. I saw the last of the capped worker bees and drones emerging from their cells.  The call came today that a new queen is on the way and I’ll install her tomorrow.

Above are some photos of the hive and the comb they built on the bottom of the frames in the lower brood box.


The Queen Bee is Gone 6/24/12

On Sunday, I checked the second hive with hopes it might be ready for a second super. When I opened the hive no bees were in the super I put on 2 weeks earlier and no comb had been drawn out. Upon further inspection there were no new eggs or larva in the brood chambers. Only some capped brood were left. It appears the queen has been gone for about two weeks. The workers were filling cells with nectar and there was capped honey on many of the frames. There were lots of drones as you can see.

I’m desperately seeking a new queen and have called all the local suppliers to see if I can pick one up.  So far no one has got back to me.  Since no queens are available at the moment, only time will tell if they can create a viable queen.  My plan is to wait until the weekend and check the hive again for signs of a new queen.

My first hive is doing extremely well and both supers are full with nectar (and capped brood). I added a third super on the weekend. You can see from the photo below that there is no shortage of drones in this hive. I put a queen excluder between the new super and the second super in hopes to keep the queen out it.

Overcast with a high of 72 degrees Fahrenheit

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Are you feeding your bees?

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Photos of the Garden and Bees

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Tonight I topped up the feeders on both hives. It’s rained most of the week with thunderstorms last night and today. This was the first time I was able to get out to the hives and feed the bees.  The photos are of flowers that are in bloom in the garden and the new water feature we installed in the yard on the weekend.

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Hive check 6/10/11

It rained off and on all weekend. On Saturday, I fed both the hives sugar syrup. There was a break in the rain on Sunday so I checked on the old hive to see how it was doing.

There was lots of brood but not much honey. They had some nectar and pollen stored. Lots of drones in the hive and newly emerged bees. I replaced their old bottom board with a screened one to increase air circulation in the hive. The old bottom board was clean when I removed it. The bees are doing an excellent job of house cleaning.