Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Bees

Sunday John picked up a "nuc" from fellow beekeeper, Phil, who went to Idaho for twenty of them.  Nucs look like half a bee hive and contain several frames of brood with queen.  This queen is an Hawaiian queen and we hope to improve our bee diversity with her. We may loose the two story middle hive which seems weak.  The new hive is the single story one to the left. John put the nuc frames in and filled it with empty frames, gave them sugar syrup to drink and a pollen paddy. The marks on the outside of the other hives are bee poop from this winter. On sunny days in the winter, bees go outside to poop.  They don't like messy hives.

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