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Sunday, March 05, 2006


I checked on the russian hive today. When I first approached I was surprised that the brick I keep on the hive cover to cover the feeding hole had been moved. It appeared to be recent given their was an expanding ring of propolis in teh hole only 1/4 inch in radius. The brick had to have been moved within the last week. There is a school nearby so my first guess goes to mischeavious adolecense. Anyways, when I put in the queen excluder a few weeks ago I accidentally trapped the queen ABOVE the brood chamber. Now, where there's supposed to be honey there is brood...and alot of it. The brood chamber ( the one below that the queen was "locked out" of) is almost COMPLETELY filled with pollen. The oak trees in the area have produced a steady flow of the proteinous powder. Such pollen has also reaked havoc for my allergies. This hive is also a little light in stores and next week I expect to feed both of them. The hive population has steadliy increased and now they are actually drawing out the foundation, which leads me to beleive that there has been or still is a minor honeyflow. If their is, it's too weak to create any stores but should help the hive in its day-to-day existence.


Blogger G4st said...

Ahh... yes, the proteinous powder.
Every car is green.
Perfect timing for the ever so clever "WASH ME" inscription to make a come back!!!

10:42 PM, March 07, 2006  
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10:42 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

Yep...just for a TRIVIA MOMENT...
"The average hive will go through 60-70 POUNDS of pollen a year in rearing bees." They're going through over a pound a week!!!!!!!

11:30 AM, March 08, 2006  

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