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My Hive Looks Good!!!

Posted on May 27, 2015

My friends from Summer Beez showing me how to care for my hive.

My friends from Summer Beez showing me how to care for my hive.

I apologize, I am working a lot right now, so sometimes the blog doesn’t get the attention it needs. Right now I have been busy taking care of the most wonderful German couple here, at the B&B. It has been lots of fun and I look forward to lots more fun too. :) I have also had other guests out here lately, but they weren’t here for the B&B. My friends from Summer Beez dropped by to look in on how I was doing with my hive. And I was so happy to see them!

The top bit of wax had to be trimmed very carefully to make sure no bees were harmed or killed.

The top bit of wax had to be trimmed very carefully to make sure no bees were harmed or killed.

Dead honey bees smell like bananas to other bees. The smell of bananas makes them riot. Rioting bees are bees that swarm and try to retaliate against the person that invaded their hive and killed one of their own. So avoid killing bees is a critical part of bee keeping. As is not eating bananas in the vicinity of the hive, because that will also set them off.

Can you find The Queen?

Can you find The Queen?

We pulled out the sliders to see how their hive construction was going. Here you see lots of worker bees and you also see, f you can find her that the queen survived just as we hoped she would and has become a key component to the bee collective. Do you see her?

Construction zone! Bees Working!

Construction zone! Bees Working!

In this photo, you can see the bees literally building up the wax comb, where they will lay eggs, save nectar and one day fill with honey. The construction in this photo is well underway on this “wax frame” as we call it. Pretty sure I see a male bee in this photo. Can you find him? Male bees have no stingers. They are also a little larger than worker bees.

If you couldn't see hm before, you should be able to now.

If you couldn’t see hm before, you should be able to now.

Now do you see him?

I would like to thank Summer Beez for all their help. They are just incredible and so nice and easy to work with. The bees I purchased from them are healthy and thriving so much so that soon I will have to add another level of frames to my hive, as my bee population continues to grow.

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