Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bee Log #84

Working the Bees

It is time to start working the bees again. We go from maintenance mode to honey production mode. Right now, the bees are producing lots of offspring. They have been able to gather some honey. One hive gained 14 pounds in the last 2 weeks. The bees need this honey for raising brood so we cannot collect any honey to extract yet.

Today's task is to visit as many beehives as we can to check for eggs and brood and to move frames around to try to prevent swarming. It has been warmer than usual so the swarm season might start early. When we can purchase queens, we will split some of our hives to increase our number of hives.