SO full of bees!

The Hive Is Growing Well

We’ve had so many things in bloom that I was seeng incredible activity at the new horizontal hive. The hive is just below our bedroom window, and I can hear how busy they are, particularly on sunny days.

I try not to get into the hive too often (once every two or three weeks at most), but I started to worry that they could be running out of room in the hive, and might swarm. Swarming is a natural multiplication process for bees, but it means that during the period of waiting for the new queen to emerge, mate, and begin laying eggs, a large hive might be left with insufficient bees to maintain everything and also repel invaders.

Which is why I scrounged up my last few deep frames, fired up my smoker, and went to check on them.

SO full of bees!
SO full of bees!

Sure enough, they had pulled fresh white comb on every single new frame I’d given them, and even the outermost frames (which are sometimes ignored by the bees in favor of the cozy, convenient center ones) were completely filled with fresh white comb, and even some nectar.

Amazingly, there was even capped honey in several of the frames.

Fresh white comb in the outermost frame
Fresh white comb in the outermost frame
Capped honey already
Capped honey already

I didn’t look for the queen, but I did see brood in all stages being tended, so I know she’s there. And I was able to add all the rest of the new frames I had on hand (note to self, get more) to the hive so that they have more room to work. Ours is a new colony, so they started a bit late, and they don’t get sun until late in the morning (there’s just not much sun down in our holler), but they are still thriving.

Our neighbor (who also has bees, and who gave us a perfect chicken snake skin recently) said it’s a very good year for bees.

And as I say to nearly everyone, this is the easy part. It’s early in the season and most of the problems wait until fall to get rolling. But it sure is fun, this bit!

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