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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Deja vu...

Today was a good warm day in winter; a high of 80 degrees! It was finally warm enough to do an extensive check on how the bees were doing. The large italian hive got a clean bill of health and was very docile today. I didn't get one sting! The population has clearly diminished as has the brood nest. Anyways, I took off a super, which I thought was empty, so I could fill it with sugar syrup and give it to the russian colony. It took me about 15 minutes to fill the super with 1 1/2 gallons of syrup. In the center frames there was a actually fermenting, recently gathered nectar. Somewhere near here there is a species of plant blooming in mid winter. I went over to the russian hive which I last inspected a couple of weeks ago so I was unsure if it was even alive. They couldn't be more alive. Although there wasn't much activety at the enterence, the inside was buzzing with activety! They were very low on honey stores and actually didn't have much more that a few ounces of capped honey. What honey/nectar they did have was black as tar and most of it was stored in brood cells. It makes sence given the queen isn't laying very many eggs when the day length is shortening. I put the super full of nectar and sugar syrup when the man alowing me to keep bees on his property walked up and told me about a hive in a water meter. "I found it the other day jogging, did your bees swarm?"he asked. I replied that there was never a population drop large enough to indicate a swarm had ocurred. He kept telling me it was a beehive and as much as I didn't believe there was a subterranian hive of bees, I looked into it. We walked about 60 yards up a street and stopped at a tree. There was a group of bees ontop of what looked like a city water meter. I told him they were definately bees, but not my bees. The russians I had were almost a jet black, these bees has tan, italian colored bodies. The bees were all fanning and flying in and out of a slot at the end of the meter and in the little key hole at the other end. Thus, I come to the name of the post, it was just last week I was told about a hive someone wanted removed. The good news about this hive is if they pass the aggressian test they should be relatively easy to capute compared to the hive 25 feet up. First, I'll have to call the city to see if they'll even let me do it given the hive is nesting in city property. We'll see how it goes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Doug Hudiburg said...

HI,

Do you have an RSS feed enabled for your blog? I'd like to subscribe, but couldn't find it.

Thanks,

Doug
http://www.backyardhive.com

11:07 PM, December 08, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

To be honest, I'm not exactly fluent in computer speak...point being, I'm not entirely, or even partialy sure what an RSS feed is. Sorry.

10:32 AM, December 13, 2005  
Blogger Doug Hudiburg said...

Ah, don't feel alone. RSS is a pretty new thing, but a HUGE help for people publishing blogs. RSS stands for 'really simple syndication' it allows people to instantly get your posts in an RSS reader or to re-publish your info to a website.

The best way to experience RSS is to sign up for a MyYahoo! account and add a few RSS feeds to it.

To enable RSS in Blogger, you log in and click on 'change settings' then click on 'site feed' and choose 'yes ' for the 'publish feed' option. This will add a small orange icon to your blog which will tell people that you are publishing a feed.

You will be able to increase your readership more with an RSS feed.

Oh, one more thing. When you set up your feed, make sure you add it to your MyYahoo! account, this will cause the Yahoo search spiders to come to your blog and index it, which also helps get the word out.

I hope that helps!

Doug
BackYardHive.com

7:13 AM, December 24, 2005  

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