Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Beekeeping Week 1 - Checking and Feeding
The second bucket feeder arrived and my hubby took the opportunity to check both hives and feed the second hive. You can see from the image above, the bees in our Honey Super Cell hive have been feasting on the sugar water in the feeder and have polished off about a third of it in the four days between Thursday afternoon and Monday afternoon.
You can see here that the bees in the Honey Super Cell hive have started building some bur comb, which is basically comb that is not in the desired location. This is normal in any hive and this particular bur comb is on the feeder tray, which will be removed prior to honey production.
Both hives got a second deep super a bit earlier than expected, but they have plenty of room to move and grow.
As in the original installation, the medium super is added around the feeder bucket to keep the hive enclosed. The telescoping cover goes on top and finally.....