Category: Florin

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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

Well it seems that now any action is futile, as Florin as a whole has left. The remaining bees cannot fly and are slowly dying off below, and the signs of a nosema outbreak are crystal clear. It took a hard rain and three days to knock out my strongest hive…

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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

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Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

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Florin is still holding strong. They look like they’re growing a lot. Hopefully they will be able to find enough honey during the fall for them to get through winter. I don’t doubt they will, but it’s been really dry for a while now.

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Hive checkup time!!!

Since it had been a while, I decided to go out and check on all the hives to see what was up. The natural swarm hive is doing about as well as expected from a hive untouched by man. (3, 4) Lots of comb and in a video I saw lots of capped cells. I also saw the queens in all the other hives so I know they’re in there.

The massive extraction colony (1, 2) is doing exceptionally well, and they seem to be hoarding all the honey. They have a huge hive beetle problem though so I’m not sure how they’re gonna fare. They don’t seem to know how to use the traps that I put in there, so the hive beetle population is huge. I might remove their inner cover to minimize beetle hiding space.

Easter Hiveland (5, 6, 7, 8) apparently swarmed right as the summer dearth hit so the colony doesn’t have any honey at the moment. They have lots of spotty brood and a queen though so I’ll hold out hope for them for a while. I might reduce them a little to hopefully ward off the hive beetles and keep them a little less spread out. They have quite a large population but they are only inhabiting the lower box for some reason.

And my latest little extraction (9) seems to have swarmed as well, but the remainder of the colony didn’t do so well. They have maybe a full frame’s worth of brood across three frames and no honey stored up. I moved them in to a nuc to keep them safe and hopefully ward off ant attacks. Their queen seems a little…lazy? I’m not sure what to call her. She doesn’t move much and her laying pattern is restricted to just the center of the frames.

The super-hive Florin (no photos) has consolidated their brood space. (I assume in preparation for the winter.) Now they only take up about 6-7 frames, and have another 5-6 frames of mixed pollen and honey in the front of the hive. I didn’t see any large honey reserves anywhere in the brood area, but they probably just have it stored further back. They are much more calm than usual which is rather concerning for me. I’m not sure what that means, but they usually are really defensive.

I’m beginning to think I might need to f…

I’m beginning to think I might need to file a vent in the back of this big hive for ventilation.

Florin was moved in to my super hive! There ar…

Florin was moved in to my super hive! There are so very many bees and so very much comb. I’m glad they’re doing well.
I got a good look at all the frames as I carefully slotted them all in one by one, so I know they’re still a very healthy and strong hive.
I moved all the inhabited frames in but the bees were still roaring so I knew the queen wasn’t with them. At first I thought that maybe they were just being fussy but after a minute or so of the roar I realized that the queen was not there. I walked over to the old hive location and apparently when I started moving the boxes, the queen jumped out of the hive and sat on the ground!! She was just sitting under the bench with several workers around her. I let her climb up on my hand and set her on the entrance to the new hive and she walked right in. Now I’m just waiting for the returning foragers to calm down in the nuc I set in the old location so that I can dump them in with the rest of the Florin gals~

Hopefully this will be a good move for them because they consistently had troubles with hive beetles. They are ankle-biters so they never had varroa, but I lost about 170lbs of honey to their hive beetles last year. Cedar is supposed to be good for keeping away pests so maybe it will help deal with things like that.

Liquid gold behind paper thin walls

Liquid gold behind paper thin walls

[Top 3] Gilder’s queen has been very bus…

[Top 3] Gilder’s queen has been very busy and there are many frames of very nice brood. Lots of honey and pollen stored up as well.
[Bottom 4] Florin’s new queen has been equally as busy and has laid out an ENTIRE frame of drone brood to the side of the hive. I almost removed it to prevent varroa spread, but I remembered that it was still early in the season and many mew queens will need a mate soon! Speaking of drones, Florin was PACKED with adorable fuzzy-wuzzies that had just hatched and there were so many of them that it made it hard to hunt down their queen. Xp
There was also a lot of capped honey from the fall that I decided to take out for now. Well deserved, as Florin stung me at least 4-5 times through my suit by massing around joints.

The Florin girls are out like crazy!! They are…

The Florin girls are out like crazy!!
They are also bunching up at the top by the inner cover for some reason. I’ll have to see if there are ants or something up there.