Our Apiary

SCBA Apiary 

September 19, 2019

Looking at the hives, we named them 1 thru 4 going left to right (PS – The left two NUCs have been removed).

Hive 1 (H-1) Has 6 active frames of bees in 10 FR Deep. The rest of the frames did not have comb built. We will need to check them for disease as they are pretty low in numbers. We noticed some shiny bees. I looked this up and it could be Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus.**(see below). We added two frames of honey/nectar and I closed down the entrance with sticks to help them defend it.

Hive 2 (H-2) Started as a 5/5 nuc full of bees. Robert moved the 5/5 nuc into a 10 FR Deep and added a medium box with two frames of nectar taken from H-4. The other medium frames from H-4 will be extracted and replaced on this hive. *needs an outer cover.

Hive 3 (H-3) Is a deep and two mediums. Plenty of bees. Nice brood patterns. The mediums have honey/nectar in all the frames, but none were capped. Some frames were only partially built out with comb.

Hive 4 (H-4) Is two deeps and a medium. Lots of bees. Good brood pattern. Eight frames of capped honey were pulled from the medium and will be extracted. Those eight frames will be put back on H-2 to fill.

PLAN:

H-1: Has a feeder and will need to be fed sugar syrup. Should also treat this hive, minimally check status of mite count.

H-2: replace the extracted frames in the medium box. Leave them for at least 7-14 days to see if they are filling the frames. If not, start to feed them.

H-3: has a feeder. Decided to feed this hive and see if they will fill more cells and finish capping the honey.

H-4: Leave as two deeps going into winter. Check them again in 7-10 days to see if they are filling in the cells from hatched brood in the top box and capping the honey. If not, will start feeding them as well.