First Days with Bees: June 22

I put a new box of frames on the hive about two weeks ago.  I cut the foundation into thin strips and put them in the frames to get the bees started  — some were very thin — 4″ x 2″, some were squares that touched the top and bottom of the frame. I’m experimenting. They don’t seem to need much to get started. After 12 days, the bees had made lots of comb and were filling it with honey. I was surprised that they had made so much progress! I checked the brood nest and it looked very full, so I think I’ll be adding another box to the hive this week. I had to scrape off a bit of comb to check the frames and got to taste the honey and It was light and slightly lemony.

For my next box, I’m going to use wooden strips dipped in beeswax for at least half of the frames and see how that goes. I want to go completely foundation-less if I can. We’ll see how those frames develop. Here are a few photos:

12 Day-Old Frame with Honey

I was surprised to find so much honey, but I’ve read that it can happen really fast.

Honey, some capped

More honey, they’re already starting to cap some of it.

Looking Down into the Broodnest

Looking down from the honey fromes into the brood nest

Worker and drone cells

The outer frames had some drone cells. I hadn’t seen any last time I checked.

Last Frame from the Broodnest

This frame had barely anything on it 12 days ago. Look at it now! I’m glad I have a lot of extra woodenware.

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4 thoughts on “First Days with Bees: June 22

  1. Susan

    Wow, how exciting! I love that you are blogging about it too.
    Are you thinking about selling the honey?

    Reply
    1. detroitjewel Post author

      Thanks, Susan!
      I have to see how much honey they make. The bees use up a lot of it in a short time during the hot dry days and there has to be enough left to get them through the winter. If I have a surplus I’ll be selling it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

      Reply

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