Sunday, May 3, 2015
Not what I thought I'd be doing today
Instead of digging more trenches and planting the taters, I spent the afternoon dealing with the bees. It is 75 degrees here. The bees were in their two hives, with two deeps each. Hive One had bearded up the front of their hive, almost to the top. Hive Two, commando types, had multiple entrances/exits to their hive, and were bearding above two of the three. This would be great build-up, except that it looks like swarm prep to me, and I DO NOT WANT THEM TO SWARM! My swarm trap is not ready, and there is no guarantee they'd use it anyway. So, I did a quick split on Hive One and gave each of the original deeps one more deep above. I didn't bother to check for the queen, or even for eggs in both deeps. Yes, yes, I know I'll have to go back and do that. Later. They weren't grateful for the extra real estate and stung me right thru my suit. Twits. Then I gave Hive Two an empty super to play with. They were far less annoyed. Obviously, I need to spend some time this week putting together more woodware and getting three more bases made, because I have no more, and I have two more packages of bees coming next weekend. And I'm supposed to paint the toddler room at church this week. And plant the rest of the garden. I beelieve I 'll bee bizzy.