In the winter, we have to feed the bees every week. It’s a relatively simple process. Heat water, pour onto sugar, and stir. That is unless you are married to a Biologist.
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So apparently we should have been feeding our bees a month ago. Our supers had no action, so we took them off and put in some feeding frames. Sadly, this meant that we had to pull and harvest four frames. Oh, damn. /sarcasm
One of our colonies declared their independence. We are down to two colonies. Don’t know what happened to the hive, but they seem to not have taken to the new brooder box. No dead bees, just… no bees.
I think maybe we have a mulberry bush behind our beehives. Which would be awesome! I’m currently trying to identify the tree.
Our new bees are thriving thus far. Our old hive wasn’t so bad either, so after checking on them on Sunday, we put on a brooder box on one of the new ones, and a super on the old one.
So when we cleaned out the hive that died, we harvested no honey, but a bit of beeswax. I rendered some of it and learned some lessons.
After swearing off beekeeping at night, we once again did it. We bought two new hives, which we had to pick up at twilight, so it was dark by the time we got home.
We had to say goodbye to the colony. As we were pulling it apart, we were able to grab some samples. The Husband is an amazing photographer, and a microscopist, so at least we have cool pics.