I forgot the smoker. I pull it out of my car and make sure it's safely extinguished after each hive check, and I forgot to put it back in my car for this visit. We were slightly concerned, but the bees were calm and we couldn't tell a difference in behaviour between with/without smoke, although without the smoker we couldn't get them to move down into the hive when putting the inner cover on, so we had to slide it across slowly in order to not squish them. Also, we weren't doing anything really disruptive, so need for the smoker was not as great. Maybe we'll try to do more work without smoking them as much, as it sets them back a bit, and we need them to BUILD COMB FASTER!
|Trying not to squish the bees putting the cover on|
24 June 2012 - HOT, around 93 deg F at 1000, sunny and clear (no clouds, some smoke from Waldo Canyon fire); refilled empty feeders, 2 qts in 5 days (or less);
2: nothing (bees festooning on right side)
3: 10% comb built on left, 90% comb on right side with 60% capped brood; repaired the comb area that was cut out last check, appear to be building it even this time; capped brood, nectar, capped honey in corners
|Frame #3 appears to have rebuilt straight comb|
|Sarah says Frame #4 was HEAVY!|
|What's up with the double-layer comb?|
Sarah and I talked, and I'm going to make a few foundationless frames and replace some of the empty plasticell frames with them. I'd like to see if they will build up comb faster that way, or if they're just slow builders due to the dry conditions (even with feeding sugar syrup). Sarah's pretty much letting me run with decisions on this hive, and next year hive #2 will be her opportunity for CEO. That means the Mistakes, I mean the Choices, for hive #1 are mostly mine to make. We're both learning so much through the process, and with no single right way to do things there's lots of decisions to make.
|Empty feeder over inner cover|